When Barnabas Kane returned, with his Irish-American wife, Eskra and son Billy, to Donegal from New York, where he worked building skyscrapers.....their dream was to make a success of their farm at home. But then, in the spring of 1945, farm-worker Matthew Peoples runs into a burning byre and does not come out alive. Barnabas can only look on as his friend dies and all 43 of his cattle are destroyed in the blaze.
Following the disaster, the bull-headed and proudly self-sufficient Barnabas is forced to reach out to the farming community for assistance. But resentment simmers over Matthew Peoples’ death, and Barnabas and his family begin to believe their efforts at recovery are being sabotaged.
'The Black Snow' is published by Quercus and is read for The Book on One by the author, Paul Lynch
Monday - Part 1
When Barnabas Kane returned, with his Irish-American wife, Eskra and son Billy, to Donegal from New York, where he worked building skyscrapers.....their dream was to make a success of their farm at home. In the opening extract Barnabus and his son Billy are out working with their friend Mathew...
Tuesday - Part 2
‘The Black Snow’ is set in Donegal in 1945.....a fire has just destroyed a cattle byre on Barnabas Kane’s farm......killing his friend Matthew Peoples as well as all of his 43 cattle.
Matthew’s funeral is now over and Barnabas and his wife Eskra are beginning to think about how to move on from the tragedy.
Wednesday - Part 3
Eskra, Barnabas’s wife has discovered that Barnabas cancelled the insurance on their farm the year before and so now they are wondering how they will manage to start again.....and the endless rain isn’t helping.
Listeners should be aware that tonight’s episode contains very strong language.
Thursday - Part 4
The farm wasn’t insured- Barnabas had cancelled the insurance the year before............ and when he approached a neighbour for help in rebuilding the barn, he was refused.
Now, he is at a derelict famine village....high up in the mountain..... and he is about to dismantle the ruined houses to re-use the stones.
Friday - Part 5
They have been trying to recover from this tragedy and rebuild their lives but seem to be plagued by menace at every turn.
Their farm was uninsured, their neighbours turned their backs on them, their dog has been killed and finally Eskra has been injured by a swarm of wasps who attacked her bee hives.
At this point in the story, Barnabas has just found her and sent their son Billy to fetch the doctor.