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Famine: Galways Darkest Years Henry, William

ISBN: 9781856357531

Famine: Galway's Darkest Years examines the origins and effects of the Irish Famine, focusing on Galway and the surrounding areas of Tuam, Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Athenry, Gort, Oranmore, Clifden and more. 

Being a port town and the main population centre in Connacht, Galway witnessed the daily influx of human wretchedness and the suffering of destitute people seeking salvation in the feared workhouse. The human misery that began appearing in the streets of Galway in 1846 shocked the authorities and terrified its inhabitants. And the long perilous voyage on board one of the many dreaded coffin ships to America ,which served Galway during those years. 

The journey was long and hazardous, and proved fatal for many thousands of people such was their weakened state, for them there was only a watery grave.The rebellion of 1848 and some violent incidents are included, as is the story of some of the emigrants who made it to the New World.


Breandan O Scanaill interviewed William Henry on June 2 on Connemara FM. To listen to the full interview please click here.

William Henry appeared on the Keith Finnegan Show on Galway Bay Fm 15 June. To listen to the full interview please click here

Mention of Famine: Galways Darkest Days in the Galway Advertiser. To read the full article click here






William Henry speaks at the launch of his new book, Famine: Galways Darkest Years, in the Rowing Club, Galway.






ISBN 9781856357531

  • Famine: Galways Darkest Years