Beautiful and profoundly moving, Irish Crossings is a voyage of love, partings and new beginnings in the time of the Irish Potato Famine.
When the potato blight returns in 1847, Paddy’s father has no choice but to send him to live with his uncle in America. Like the thousands with him, Paddy leaves Ireland to find a path for others to follow. Paddy can leave Ireland, but he can’t leave Caitlin.
They marry on the eve of Paddy’s departure and embark on a journey across a beautiful country overwhelmed with heart-breaking sadness during the time of the great hunger. A harrowing winter crossing takes them through the treacherous North Atlantic Ocean. But the slums of New York are not the end of the rainbow they were promised. Through their voyage together they learn the true meaning of the Irish saying, ‘It is in the shelter of each other that people live.’