At the height of the Irish famine of the 1840s, in a small town of Ahadallane, north of Cork City and south of Mallow, Jeremiah joins the rebels in the fight for Ireland's freedom from British rule and learns firsthand the futility of violence. He and his best friend and brother-in-law, Father Michael Riordan disagree about the means to the end and ultimately take diverse paths when Michael is assigned to a parish in America. Jeremiah's journey brings him into the bare heart of his homeland where he endures the evils borne of domination. His hunger isn't satisfied until he almost loses himself in his quest.
Father Michael Twohig, pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Fornaught, Donoghmore accommodated my request for church records for the Buckleys. As he thumbed through the yellowed pages of the great red leather bound volume of births, deaths and marriages, he held a page and ran his manicured finger down the right hand side of it. "Here 'tis," he said, looking up at me, his round pink face and clear blue eyes, so emblematic of the land. "A Jeremiah Buckley married a Margaret Riordan on February 1, 1859. Might that be who yer looking for?"
It was indeed. From that day to this, I have visited, read, researched, talked with townspeople and listened to stories about people from this locale. I have written about what I have learned. Jeremiah's Hunger is the result.