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Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
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Apr 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, recently-read

this is an epic tale of Irish immigration from the potato famine

This is an epic tale of one family's experiences during Ireland's potato famine and their eventual immigration to America. The poverty and humiliation of Irish life under British rule is very detailed. The Irish lived in primitive conditions and were considered to be ignorant, dirty, and a pestilence that needed to be erradicated. The potato famine and British indifference to the suffering, caused such wide spread desperation, that many braved the "coffin" ships sailing for America. Life in America was difficult as well. They arrived poor and by the boat load. The stereotypes hung around their necks by the British followed them here. They were considered to be the lowest of the low and fit only for the most physical and demanding work. They endured by sticking together and holding fast to their faith.


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