Site hosted by Build your free website today!

Irish Famine

Man's inhumanity to man. They said it was God's will when food in abundance was all about.
God's Blessing .... Telling it .... Blight Today .... Schooled
Overcoming .... Ghosts .... Views Of .... Images Of .... Trade Hist .... Diary

On Saturday, November 23, 1996 (one day after the 33rd anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas) I spent six hours listening to speakers who brought the horrors of England's dastardly deeds to ennoble the assembled throng and to marvel at the Irish people's resiliency at overcoming. But wait!

There is still much work to be done to be sure that this genocide is known far and wide and that such atrocities are never again visited on Irish people. Dr. Garrett O'Connor MD (Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA) described how programmed our people are - programmed for silence - like any abused people might act. It gave me great hope that this gentleman (Irish-born like myself) understands clearly the effects of trauma on an abused people. Dr. O'Connor is highly regarded in his field. He knows of the horrors that were perpertrated and the distortions of truth that continue to be put forth to this very day by the John Bull neighbor.

There is going to be many more such forums that will educate us and not having us act like victims who crave silence because of shame. We tend to act out what they have laid out for us and thereby reinforce their caricature of us. In Ireland there is great shame and a reluctance to open up the past. Those green mouthed wretches who tried grass food alternatives are too much to be reminded of, I would imagine. They need to learn from Dr. O'Connor how inspiring it is to know that we are a people who survived and have reasons to explain any debilitating perceptions that we have of a reality. Reinforced with truth, over time others, will alter their perceptions to map to ours rather than feeding off of the belittling make-believe reality that is presented on our behalf by the Sasanach enemy. God's work must truly be our own, in this life. I don't wish him to say to me when I get to the other side that I stunk up the place by sitting idly by.
  • Adapting
  • Imitation
  • Identify with Aggressor
  • Surrender up of Self

  • It was great day - a day very well spent. Thanks to the excellent speakers and to Aine Grealy who performed Emcee duties with a harmonic flair that kept the whole proceedings flowing beautifully.

    They are Going! They are Going!

    From Seumas Mac Manus' book "The Story of the Irish Race" a piece from the notes that he referenced:
    It was all for the advancement of civilisation, your wise
    and human English rulers and friends assured us. Their mouthpiece,
    The London Times, which, when the exodus was most pitiful,
    screamed with delight in one of its editorials, "They are going!
    They are going! The Irish are going with a vengence. Soon a Celt will
    be as rare in Ireland as a Red Indian on the shores of "Manhattan" -
    this, their mouthpiece comfortably informed the Imperial English
    world, "Law has ridden through Ireland: it has been taught with
    bayonets, and interpreted with ruin. Townships levelled to the ground,
    straggling columns of exiles, workhouses multiplied, and still
    crowded, express the determination of the legislature to rescue
    Ireland from its slovenly barbarism, and to plant there the
    institutions of this more civilised land."

    George Berkeley - 100 years earlier

    Drawing from the writings of George Berkeley of the 1700s Giovanni Costigan in his "A History of Modern Ireland" penned the following:
    Berkeley had lived three years in Rhode Island, where he had
    owned Negro slaves. Comparing their condition with that of Irish
    peasants, he found the latter to be "more destitute savages, and
    more abject than negroes. The negroes in our plantation have a
    saying: 'If a negro was not a negro, Irishmen would be negro.' And
    it may be confirmed with truth," Berkeley added, "that the very
    savages of America are better clad and better lodged than the
    Irish cottagers throughout the fertile counties of Limerick and

    Costigan continued to describe Edward Gibbon Wakefield's experience of the early 1800 (a person who was later to become a pioneer in promoting emigration to Australia). Wakefield saw a poor man's cheek laid open because the man failed to get out of a gentleman's way.
    Arthur Young, of Travels in Ireland fame expressed shock at the servility of the Irish peasant. He wrote "Landlords of consequence, have assured me that many of his cottier's would think themselves honoured to have their wives and daughters sent for to the bed of their master - a mark of slavery which proves the oppression under which they must live." Young's comments might have come from a page out of the Old South.

    Muffling the Cry