Author To Discuss The Great Irish Famine and Irish Immigration At The St. Ignace Public Library

Published: Jan. 6, 2019 at 9:45 PM EST
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Critically acclaimed author and storyteller David McDonnell will answer the question “Why The Great Hunger?” at the St. Ignace Public Library.

Subtitled “Why Are There So Many Irish Americans?”, the talk will explain how conditions in Ireland in the mid-19th Century led to the potato famine and caused so many people to leave for America.

The presentation will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 7:00 pm, at the St. Ignace Public Library, 110 W. Spruce Street. The talk will be informal with audience interaction encouraged.

McDonnell is an accomplished storyteller and historian. He has a vast repertoire of stories and a near encyclopedic recollection of Irish history and culture. He’s shared his stories at Irish and Celtic festivals, Irish pubs, libraries, heritage centers, and book stores across North America and Ireland. David’s stories draw upon Irish history, culture and folklore, with his vivid imagination and wry sense of humor added to the mix.

McDonnell’s book, ClanDonnell: A Storied History of Ireland, tells the stories of people in a Celtic Irish clan and their subsequent descendants. ClanDonnell is the winner of three national literary awards and universally positive book reviews. It is non-fiction with all the elements of a historical novel – fair maidens, multiple beheadings, nasty bar fights, plotted assassinations, hangings, exile, and witches’ spells, to name a few. Timeless themes of passionate love, family bonds, valor and honor, revenge and political intrigue, leap off every page.

McDonnell spent years exhaustively researching the origination of the Irish clan, and many stories transpired over a thousand years ago. Over 600 strategically placed images, as well as the author’s wit and storytelling skills, make this unlike any other history of Ireland.

His latest book, Buy The Horse A Guinness, is a collection of several of McDonnell’s favorite stories and yarns, each beautifully illustrated by a Scottish artist. The St. Ignace event kicks off his pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Buy The Horse A Guinness Tour”.

More information McDonnell’s storytelling and his books, including a few sample stories, is at

. More information about the event is at the library website,