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    Charity and the Great Irish Famine

    Charity and the Great Irish Famine

    The Great Irish Famine was one of the most devastating humanitarian disasters of the nineteenth century. In a period of only five years, Ireland lost approximately 25% of its population through a combination of death and emigration. How could such a tragedy have occurred at the heart of the vast, and resource-rich, British Empire? You’re probably aware that we received charitable aid from countries like Britain and America – but in fact, it extended a lot further than this as Christine Kinealy told Louise Denvir. Christine Kinealy’s new book, Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland explores this question by focusing ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2014/0105/493500-the-history-show-sunday-5-january-2014/?clipid=1379922
    Blighted Nation: Episode Four - Does Ireland Still Bear the Scars of the Famine?

    Blighted Nation: Episode Four - Does Ireland Still Bear the Scars of the Famine?

    The starvation officially lasted for seven years but are the effects of the famine still with us? Our population was decimated by the famine and even today, we are the only country in Europe and possibly, the world, with a smaller population than we had in 1840. If we never had the famine, if we remained largely Irish speaking and we didn’t have emigration, what kind of a country would we have now? This programme examines the after effects of the famine. Topics discussed include how our system of land ownership and use was changed after the famine. How it ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/blighted-nation/programmes/2013/0304/372047-episode-4/?clipid=1016001
    Blighted Nation: Episode Four features

    Blighted Nation: Episode Four features

    Psychological scars?:   Mother Ireland was put on the couch as psychiatrists, a psychologist and a scientist applied their medicine to history. Famine Memories collected by Irish Folklore Commission in 1945:    We featured a selection of famine memories as told to the Irish Folklore Commission in 1945. These stories were handed down by parents and grandparents who lived through the famine. New York Memorial:  Around the 150th anniversary of the famine, a plethora of memorials and monuments started appearing here and abroad. One of the acclaimed memorials sits in the middle of the skyscrapers of downtown Lower Manhattan. It’s actually a replica ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/blighted-nation/programmes/2013/0304/372047-episode-4/?clipid=1043085
    Blighted Nation

    Blighted Nation

    The Great Famine which struck Ireland in the middle of the 19th century was the biggest social catastrophe in Irish history. Over one million people died. The potato-dependent poor - landless labourers and small cottiers were wiped out. Two and a half million emigrated between the years 1845 and 1855. A greater number than all those who had left in the previous two-and-a-half centuries Blighted Nation presented by Myles Dungan explores how the Great Famine swept through Ireland and changed the country forever. Emigration became deeply institutionalised in Irish culture and even today, we are the only country in Europe ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/blighted-nation/programmes/2013/0304/372047-episode-4/?clipid=1043078
    Blighted Nation Episode Three features

    Blighted Nation Episode Three features

    Coffin Ship:   Those who could, left Ireland. The cheapest way to get across the Atlantic was on what would become known as coffin ships. Colette Kinsella spoke to historian, William Henry about the conditions people had to endure on board. Famine Memories collected by Irish Folklore Commission in 1945:     We feature a selection of emigration memories as told to the Irish Folklore Commission in 1945. These stories were handed down by parents and grandparents who lived through the famine. Arriving in Canada:   The majority of emigrants who headed for Canada intended to go onto the States. Many of the people coming ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/blighted-nation/programmes/2013/0304/372034-episode-3/?clipid=1043061
    Blighted Nation Episode Two features

    Blighted Nation Episode Two features

    Famine Tribunal:  Report from New York on the Famine Tribunal at Fordham University in April 2013. What Newspapers in the 1840s were saying:  There weren’t many contemporary songs or paintings which dealt with the famine. But there is a wealth of written material. So how was the famine reported by Irish and British newspapers and what sort of prominence did it take. Historian Roisin Higgins explored how newspapers of the day covered the Great Famine. Laissez Faire by Declan O’Rourke:  Post war Europe developed a social welfare system to provide certain minimum standards for people who have no means to ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/blighted-nation/programmes/2013/0304/372024-episode-2/?clipid=1043039

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