"Spike Island - saints, felons and famine"
This book written by Michael Martin explores the island through two very different environments, from the founding of the monastery by Saint Carthage in the seventh century, to its use as a place of detention, punishment and death. It seeks to recapture the dignity and reputation of many of those who were sent there as convict felons and reconsider them as yet more victims of Ireland's worst catastrophe - the Great Famine. From saints to starvation, Spike Island embodies a part of the brightest and darkest legacy of Ireland's history.
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