Sunday, June 7, 2009

GALWAY BAY by Mary Pat Kelly

Honora Keeley and Michael Kelly wed and start a family in Ireland. They find peace in their ancient faith, stories and songs.
Coming from a family of fishermen and tenant farmers, they sell both their crops and catch from the sea to pay the high rents and taxes imposed on them by the landlord and the government. They live on the only thing left to them, potatoes.
A potato blight in three of four years brings about The Great Starvation that kills one million Irish people. Wanting to survive, Honora and Michael join the other Irish refugees trying to emigrate from Ireland to America.

A beautifully written story spanning several generations. Follow Michael, Honora and her sister Maire in their journey of survival, the many hardships they endure while seeking a better life to carry on their Irish heritage. 4.25 stars
Could we today endure even a tiny bit of this story? Would we have the know how to even grow food? How to survive in the winter????

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