The Donegal Woman … A true story of survival against all odds.
Less than 100 years ago, a form of slavery still persisted in parts of rural Ireland—the hiring fair system. Children as young as seven or eight were sold for fixed periods by their impoverished parents to farmers who worked them to the bone, treating them as little more than cattle. And often, even worse.
The Donegal Woman is based on the true story of the author’s own grandmother, Margaret. Born to the poorest of Protestant farmers in the hills of Donegal, Margaret was hired out as a child, raped by her master, and once pregnant, forced to marry another man many times her age. But Margaret survived in a silent world of her own, driven by a passionate determination to do right by her children.
Reviving the tradition of three of Ulster’s great radical writers, Peadar O’ Donnell, Patrick MacGill, and Sam Hannah Bell, this author, with his first novel, has captured the authentic voice of a woman of extraordinary spirit.
The Donegal Woman was an immediate best-seller upon its print release in Ireland, and it is now finally available in eBook form for readers all over the world. For many years, The Donegal Woman was available exclusively in print; during that time, it garnered praise from throughout Ireland and the international Irish diaspora. Author John Throne knows well that the Donegal diaspora—which includes those born in Donegal and those with heritage from it—seeks to learn more about all sides of the county’s history. This story, his grandmother’s story, remembers and documents a dark time in that history. Passionately and beautifully told, The Donegal Woman is an unflinching remembrance of one woman’s tragic story; sadly, it reflects the experience of countless women of her time and place.
This important work is finally available here in eBook form.