25 March 2010


Yesterday I chanced upon a song that never fails to bring tears to my eyes. Sung by Irish balladeer Robbie O'Connell, Kilkelly's lyrics take the form of letters written from home to a young Irish man who has emigrated to America during the Irish Diaspora of the early to mid-1800s. The country was struck by a potato blight which resulted in mass starvation, the Great Potato Famine. Many Irish men, women and children fled to the far corners of the globe, in search of a new home and a decent living.

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