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Irish Voices: Tim Pat Coogan

Irish Voices: Tim Pat Coogan and The Famine Plot: England’s Role in
Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy

 

Timothy "Tim" Patrick Coogan (born 22 April 1935), called “the
unofficial voice of modern Irish history” by The Economist, is an
Irish historical writer, broadcaster and newspaper columnist. He
served as editor of The Irish Press newspaper from 1968 to 1987.
Today, he is best known for his popular and sometimes controversial
books on aspects of modern Irish history, including The IRA, Ireland
Since the Rising, On the Blanket, and biographies of Michael Collins
and Éamon de Valera.

In the famine years of[masked], Ireland lost a quarter of its
population. “An estimated one million people died of hunger and
disease, while another million immigrated to places like Boston, New
York, and Liverpool. In The Famine Plot, Coogan argues that these two
million did not suffer simply because of a natural disaster, but
because of a policy of not-so-benign neglect by England, which then
governed the island nation.” (Boston Globe)

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