|BLACK BLIGHT, Michael Galvin||TO MAKE A RAILWAY, Michael Galvin|
Professor Louis Cullen of Trinity College, Dublin, claimed that, 'The famine was less a national disaster than a social and regional one'. This provocative statement is a timely challenge to historians to investigate this disaster at a social and regional level. Michael Galvin attempts to do this for a region in West Cork lying between Bandon, Macroom and Dunmanway - and with considerable success. We know from song and story that the Famine was horrific further west for example in Skibbereen and Bantry. But did poor districts in the interior suffer in silence?
One thinks if parts of the parishes of Kilmichael and Dunmanway. The whole region under study, however, also comprises some rich lands in the valleys of the Lee and the Bandon. How did the Famine here affect the landless cottier, the 'strong' former and the landlord? Michael Galvin tackles these questions courageously.
Fr. Patrick Hickey
"...The town and country which has no railway communication may be considered half a century behind its more fortunate neighbours. How long will the people of the Macroom area suffer themselves to remain at this disadvantage".
Cork Examiner Editorial September 1858
"What a glorious sight it will be; it will herald prosperity, traffic in goods and tourism such as will banish the melancholy of want and famine".
Canon James Daly P.P. Kilmurry August 1865
|THE SLOW SUNRISE, Michael Galvin, VOL.I||THE MORNING STAR, Michael Galvin, Vol. II|
"Gladstone's land act of 1881 was merely the slow sunrise of a new day"
Fr. Jeremiah Cummins P.P. Newcestown
"He as well as his uncle gave tenant right before there was any agitation about it."
Richard Powell on Sir Augustus Warren
"The real thing that we want in Ireland is to be let alone. If we were only left in peace I believe no country in the world would be more prosperous."
" Parnell is for Ireland, the morning star of our liberty"
Dr. Charles K. Tanner MP Mid Cork speaking at Cooldorrihy, Kilmichael, September 12th 1888. The quotation is partly borrowed from Theobald Wolfe Tone's description of the impact of the French Evolution on Ireland.
A native of Kilmurry and history graduate of UCC, Michael Galvin is also author of The Kilmurry Volunteers, Black Blight, To Make A Railway and The Slow Sunrise, and works for Acorn Life.