Declan O'Rourke: The Pawnbroker's Reward

In conversation with Christine Kinealy


$10 / $15 / $18 1 hour

Thu, Jul 14, 2022



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"A powerful and gripping piece of writing from a born storyteller"—Joseph O’Connor 

The story of the ua Buachalla family shows the famine as it happened through the lens of a single town—Macroom, Co. Cork—and its environs. 

Local pawnbroker Cornelius Creed is at the juncture between the classes. Sensitive and empathetic, he is a voice on behalf of the poor, and his story is entwined with that of pawnshop client Pádraig ua Buachalla's. Through these characters, and drawing from local history and documentary evidence, the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award-winning artist Declan O'Rourke's debut novel creates a kaleidoscopic view of a defining moment in Ireland's history.

To celebrate the U.S. launch of The Pawnbroker's Reward, the author joins Famine scholar Christine Kinealy in conversation.

Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland and Tourism Ireland.



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