History's HEROES? Dated 1792 - 1875

Cillian "The Grey Saint" O'Farrell

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Ethan Uwu


Cork, Ireland



    • A good and strong leader
    • Clever
    • Has integrity (stands up for what they believe and act accordingly)
    • Decisive
    • Single minded / Focused (has a purpose)
    • Determined
    • Ambitious

    The Man Who Ended The Great Famine of 1845

    From 1845-1849, The Great Famine ravaged Southern Ireland. In 1849, Cillian O'Farrell sailed across the Irish Sea, picking up food and supplies from Wales, and delivering them to Irish seaports.

    On the 26th of March, Cillian O'Farrell was born in Cork, Ireland. For most of his early life, he worked as a blacksmith in his father's forge, with his brother, Conor. In his mid-50's, a famine began to plague Southern Ireland. For four years, he and his family bartered and stole in order to survive. On the 17th of October, 1848, Conor died of starvation with his family beside him. His death greatly upset Cillian, who decided he would end the famine so no more would suffer. Stealing a galleon, The Concord Dawn, Cillian and his crew made more than 57 trips across the perilous Irish sea, stealing munitions and supplies from Welsh seaports, and bringing them back to Ireland, where they were distributed to every that needed it. His reputation caused a great amount of contreversy, as he was a hero that stole from other countries. This contreversy earned him the nickname "The Grey Saint". After the famine, he was still a wanted criminal, though many crowds adored him, he eventually surrendered, and was imprisoned until his death on April 17th, 1875, at the age of 83.

    Life in Cillian "The Grey Saint" O'Farrell's world

    For most of his life, he lived in poverty with his brother. When the famine broke out, he believed that there was no hope of survival, and lived rather depressed until the death of his brother, when he decided to step up.

    Was Cillian "The Grey Saint" O'Farrell a Hero?

    Things you might not know about Cillian "The Grey Saint" O'Farrell

    In his youth, he and his brother used to play pirates out in the town square, and he became blind in his left eye when a swordfight went wrong, with the sticks breaking, and splinters expelled into his left eye.
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