The Heart Of The West

A journey of hope after the famine

(5 customer reviews)



Ireland lost millions of people to a devastating famine in the late 1840’s. How did a small country rise off its knees, within seventy years, to win a war against the might of the British Empire? This is the question that inspired Séamus McNally to learn more about the real events and lives that shaped this time in history.

From meticulous research and drawing on his insight as a local, the author of The Heart of the West: A Journey of Hope after the Famine brings new life to nearly forgotten Irish stories from a neglected corner of the country..

According to poet, WB Yeats, ‘The history of a nation is not in parliaments and battlefields but in what the people say to each other on fair days and high days, and in how they farm, and quarrel, and go on pilgrimage’.
This work of fiction, based closely on true events, follows the ordinary lives of diverse families (1850s to 1950s), from the local peasants to the privileged occupier, and the ties that bind them.

5 reviews for The Heart Of The West

  1. Muhammad Ikram MALIK

    From famine to triumph, “The Heart of the West: A Journey of Hope after the Famine” by Séamus McNally unveils the resilience and unity of Ireland’s diverse families in this captivating work of fiction.

  2. Cathal McDermott (verified owner)

    Ordered the book online having heard Séamus talking about it on MidWest radio. Very smooth ordering process and the book arrived a couple of days later. Looking forward to reading it over Christmas.

  3. Gerard Bourke

    Embarking on an enchanted journey through time, ‘The Heart of the West’, closely rooted in historical facts, provides an educational and emotionally resonant experience. Seamus McNally skillfully portrays the rich culture, beliefs, and interactions of our forefathers, adding an additional authentic layer to the story. ‘The Heart of the West’ becomes a compelling exploration, not just of historical events but also of the cultural treasures that define a people’s spirit.

  4. Katie Rowland

    This work of fiction is closely based on historical facts, serving insights into Irish culture, emigration and imagery of the landscape. Through his emotive writing, Séamus transports the reader to the West of Ireland in the years after the Gorta Mór. This tapestry of time captures the impact of the famine on the generation who survived it and beyond. The prose is dotted with Irish language references with translations seamlessly woven in, beautifully capturing how Gaeilge and English were often interlaced in conversation.

  5. Margaret Doyle (verified owner)

    Have you ever wondered how the survivors of Gorta Mor coped with life following that terrible time? We know that very many people emigrated, but this story, based on historical research of the time, gives us excellent insight into the lives of those who remained. We learn about how the political and economic situation affected people living on the western seaboard.
    All this is blended in with a family living there, from going to school to romance, religion, feuds, friendship and old age. A story for all ages with good size print and layout.

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