A Trip to The Moon – In the Footsteps of 2 Irish Scientists (#109)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 9 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina looks at the story of two Irish scientists who made a big impact on the scientific world. One was born in Ireland and left - the other was born in England, but came to Ireland where he is buried.

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A Trip to The Moon – In the Footsteps of 2 Irish Scientists (#109)

We are delighted to bring you Episode 9 of The Letter from Ireland Show – a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from our cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!).

In this episode, Carina reads two of our letters from Ireland. First up we have the story of two Irish women who made a big impression on the scientific world (as well as the Moon!), and the letter is called: “Let us Gaze at the Moon and Stars”. Then, she moves on to the story of another Scientist – this time a man who is considered the father of the logic that drives much of the computing power that we have around us. The letter is entitled: “Ones and Zeros and the Way we live Today”.

Listen to the Audio.

You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play button (the triangle with the circle around it) below. You can also download the show onto your computer by clicking on the download button. Enjoy!

Join The Conversation.

Do feel free to leave a comment or question in the section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Slán for now,

Mike and Carina.

  • Larry Smith says:

    I love the Letters and especially the Beautiful Irish Language and the speaker of it. My great great grandfather was Patrick Kenney. He fought in the Civil War here . I don’t know much of him but I know I feel a love for Ireland and I love these letters. God Bless.

  • Celine Stephens says:

    This is absolutely amazing how wonderful to learn of our history of which we knew not very much. I live in England my mother used to tell us about her grandmother who lived in co Cavan she talked about her grandmothers family who had I think had linen factory’s in Ulster and that they opened up soup kitchens to help in feeding the Poor people who suffered in the famine years . I have just discovered also of our Viking connection as it comes from my father’s side the MC Governs who I have been finding out a lot about slan peace and love celine

  • Burton Coleman says:

    No stop in Nova Scotia, my ancestors came from Cork and came to the Annapolis Valley, wish you would have made a stop in Nova Scotia.

  • Mary Toapha says:

    Thank you ! Wonderful letter and very informative and interesting !!

  • Florence (Neal) Risinger says:

    I had an Irish grandfather – last name Neal. However, I know nothing about him – where he lived in Ireland, when he came to America or anything else about him. However, I have always had a close affinity to Ireland, its people, culture, music and history. I enjoy your letters from Ireland very much.

  • Monica Markley says:

    I love the audio letters! My grandmother passed in the early 1980s. It’s so great to hear the Irish in my home while drinking tea on Sunday morning. Please keep them up!

  • Jeff Ford says:

    Excellent! Another great letter! Not only do we learn about our Irish heritage, we learn some vital history! Thanks, Mike and Carina!

  • Roberta Argendeli says:

    So thoroughly enjoyed Carina’s verbal letters from Ireland. So good to hear it spoken with the wonderful Irish brogue. I took enjoy a fascination with Mathematics, taught them in grade school, and often wondered where my fascination came from. Maybe it is in the Irish roots. In fact, I am sure it is. Thank you so much for the enjoyable letters with your personal touch.
    Roberta(King-Sullivan-Gannon) Argendeli

  • Dorothy Fitzpatrick says:

    Loved hearing the beautiful voice. Please continue with more.

  • Catherine Egan says:

    Just opened my Letter from Ireland, which I must say I look forward to each week. What a treat it was that this letter was a spoken letter. I listened with dewy eyes to Carina’s words. Her voice and accent being, to me, mesmerizing.

    My mother and father were both of Irish stock, and I then went an married an Irishman. There can never be enough Irish, as far as I’m concerned. My daughter and I are just beginning to try to find our Irish roots, and I think that you are going to take us a long way in our journey.

    Thanks very much for doing what you do. I joined up on a whim and am now hooked. I clearly remember my Mam talking about her family’s hardships in Ireland, and their subsequent move to England in order to try to improve their lot in life. There were 13 children in her family. Feeding and educating that crowd must have been a hardship indeed.

    Your letters have inspired me to delve deeper into my family history, and I will never be able to thank you for what you have already done for me. Heritage is important to me. I want to know where I came from and who came before me. So, I will hang in there with you, and read and learn.

    • Mike Collins says:

      Lovely to have you on board with us and good luck with your ancestry journey. As you may discover it is often a marathon and not a sprint.

  • Mylyn Spooner says:

    I just want to say this felt like visits to my grandparents when I was little. I went to Facebook and am now following to join in the adventure. If you ever visit NY I would love a chance to meet you and Mike.
    But in regards to the pod cast which I did enjoy, it painted a new picture. I think the one thing that should not be a surprise is the fact people other than Irish and English live in the mother land. For myself, I truly had an interesting understand, that home was pretty much all Irish. I feel a bit embarrassed but, I have so little knowledge for all the research I have done in the last year. It just doesn’t come to mind that other cultures live in Ireland. And also the strength of the Irish woman just makes me think of my mother. I have to say I did not get the math comprehension gene. But anyway thank you again so much. This was delightful. God bless and be well.

  • Peg Finnigan says:

    Thank you for the audio letter from Ireland, Carina.
    Your voice is delightful!