‘Beef steaks and oyster sauce as usual’

Published in Issue 2 (Summer 1997), News, News, The Famine, Volume 5

So ran an ad for The O’Donohoe Shell Fish Tavern in Abbey Street in the Freeman’s Journal, 9 January 1847. The Dublin Heritage Group have used it as the title for its ongoing exhibition on Aspects of the Great Famine (June, Rathmines Library; July, Ballyfermot Library; August, Wheatfield Detention Centre). The exhibition endeavours to explore some of the reasons why Ireland starved 150 years ago. It attempts to put in context that suffering, not merely as a historical experience but rather as a contribution to a greater understanding of hunger in the world today. To coincide with the exhibition a special newspaper, Famine Times, has been produced with articles by Cormac Ó Gráda (UCD), Joe Murray (AFrI), Brendán Ó Cathaoir (Irish Times), and others. Enquiries: Cormac Behan, (01) 4562528.

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