Lawrence Barron is a lifelong resident of Ingonish Harbour, Cape Breton. While growing up he spent many summers in Newfoundland with his siblings and mother, the former Anne Laracy, of Conception Harbour. His ancestors in Newfoundland emigrated from Dublin, Ireland to Ingonish in the mid 1840’s during the Great Famine. Growing up, he often heard horrific stories about the famine that were passed down from generation to generation. These Stories influenced the writing of his historical novel ‘Molly O’Brien, The Irish Famine’.