Declan O’Rourke

The Pawnbroker’s Reward - a narrative of the Great Famine

Venue: Church of Ireland
Declan O’Rourke’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter have never been in doubt. The great Paul Weller has described Declan’s song ‘Galileo’ as the song he most wished he’d written from the past 30 years. Then, in 2021, Declan took a new direction. Long a student of the Great Famine, as evidenced by his 2017 album, Chronicles of the Great Famine,  he went ‘long form’ and his best-selling debut novel The Pawnbroker’s Reward, was the result. It's been described by Joseph O’Connor as ‘a powerful and gripping piece of writing from a born storyteller’ and by Michael Harding as ‘full of powerful strength and compassion’. Declan will be in conversation with Gerry Foley.
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Declan O’Rourke