Friday 2 December 2011

Clare historian longlisted for Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award

The Great Famine: Ireland's Agony 1845-1852 Dr Ciaran O Murchadha’s book The Great Famine: Ireland's Agony 1845-1852 is among the 20 titles chosen from over 100 nominated books for a place on the longlist for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award 2011. His first book Sable Wings Over the Land: Ennis, County Clare, and its wider community during the Great Famine was published by CLASP Press in 1998. In recent years he has researched, written, and lectured widely, both in Ireland and in the United States, on the Great Famine and other aspects of Clare's history. Formerly a lecturer in History at NUIG, Dr. Ó Murchadha currently teaches in St. Flannan's College, Ennis. The award is organised jointly by the publishers Longman and History Today to foster a wider understanding of, and enthusiasm for, history. A prize of £2,000 is being given for an author’s first or second book, written in English between October 1st, 2010 to September 30th, 2011, on any aspect of history. The winning book will have contributed significantly to making its subject accessible and rewarding to the general reader of history and will display innovative research and interpretation in its field. A shortlist will be announced in December. Click here to view the complete longlist...

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