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If The Walls Could Talk – A Visit to the National Famine Museum (#301)

Have you visited the National Irish Famine Museum in Strokestown Park, County Roscommon? Why not come along with us now as we take you on a tour of this fascinating place. You may even hear about one of your own ancestors. You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play […]

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Fake News? – How The Irish Famine was Depicted Overseas (#115)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 15 of The Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode we go back to the Irish Famine of the mid-1800s and look at ways at which news of the Irish Famine spread throughout the world – leading to reactions from the most surprising of quarters. We are delighted to bring […]

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Grosse Ile – The Original Isle of Tears

Grosse Ile: The migration of the Irish people covered many different trails, some of the most travelled being the voyages to the different provinces of Canada.  To Newfoundland or Quebec, Nova Scotia or Toronto, the Irish arrived in waves, hopeful to start a new life in a very different terrain. Céad Míle Fáilte – and […]

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Daniel McDonald – Painting Ireland During the Famine

Art can provide a visual portal to a time in history that has otherwise faded from collective memory.  In this letter we look at the work of a young Irish painter – Daniel McDonald – who provoked his contemporaries with a revolutionary topic, that still stirs the modern viewer. Céad Míle Fáilte – you are […]

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Let us Gaze at the Moon and Stars: Agnes Mary Clerke

Long has mankind been fascinated with the Moon, filling up the night sky like a beacon to the vast unexplored regions beyond our planet. In this letter we will be introduced to a young girl from Skibbereen, Cork, whose fascination with astronomy led to a career that contributed directly to space exploration, and walking on […]

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