This book, jammed with hilarious reflections on what it is to be Irish, will have you nodding in agreement with every turn of the page. And for those who don't have the good fortune to come from the Emerald Isle, it will explain a lot!
The Great Famine in Ireland was a catastrophe of immense proportions. Landlords, eager to dispose of 'surplus' tenants, engaged in 'assisted passages', whereby tenants were given financial incentives to emigrate. The clearances of uneconomic tenants from the 85,000-acre Coolattin Estate by Lord Fitzwilliam were the most organised in Ireland.
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