Irish Potato Famine Subject Of Author Talks at Libraries


It’s been called “the worst human tragedy of the 19th Century.”  It caused the death of over one million people, and caused another million to leave their homes.  It was the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1849.

Oklahoma writer Harolyn Ennis, author of “When Ireland Fell Silent,” a work of historical fiction set during “an Gorta Mór”—the Great Hunger—will be on hand to talk about the book and the famine at three Metropolitan Library System libraries during the month of September. 

“Harolyn’s book has been receiving rave reviews,” said MLS Adult Services Coordinator Anita Roesler, “and we’re really looking forward to bringing her to three libraries to discuss an event in history most people have heard of but very few know anything about.”

Ennis is a career educator specializing in Social Studies and is the author of “Law and Citizenship in America.”  She has taught in the classroom and on television.

Harolyn Ennis will discuss “When Ireland Fell Silent” at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, on Monday, September 12 at 6:30p.m.; at The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania, on Thursday, September 14 at 2:00p.m.; and at Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, on Monday, September 26 at 6:30p.m.

The sessions are free and open to the public.

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website,

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