This is a reading by actor Stephen Rea of an account of events in County Cork during the Great Famine of the 1840s.
Historian Breandán Mac Suibhne draws on the source material of a local doctor’s notes to describe how an entire society, its customs and norms, collapsed under pressure of dispossession, starvation and disease.
Click here to read the text of this reading, which was published in the Irish Times under the title ‘Disturbing Remains’ in January 2018.
‘Reduction’ is an adapted excerpt from Breandán Mac Suibhne’s ‘Subjects Lacking Words? The Gray Zone of the Great Famine’ (Cork University Press/Quinnipiac University Press, 2017)