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On this week's programme ... The Irish men who died at Andersonville during the American Civil War; Saint Patrick's Day riots in Toronto; and Family Histories of World War II.
The Andersonville Irish Project
Camp Sumter was the largest military prison of the American Civil War. A Confederate prisoner of war camp located near Andersonville, Georgia, 45,000 Union men passed through through its gates between February 1864 and May 1865. It was also one of the war's deadliest locations – thousands died in the overcrowded prison – and among them were hundreds of Irish-Americans, who are now interred at Andersonville National Cemetary.
The Andersonville Irish Project aims to find out exactly who these men were, while also exploring the identity and the history of Irish-Americans. It’s an initiative by historian Dr Damian Shiels who joins Myles.
You can find out more here on Damian's website.
Saint Patrick's Day Riots in Toronto
Now we're going to visit Canada, a country which saw a huge influx of Irish immigrants in the 19th century, peaking during the famine years. Among the large Irish community in the city of Toronto, there were religious tensions. Violence broke out on many occasions between those who identified with the Orange Order, and Catholics whose loyalties did not lie with the British Empire.
Our reporter Marc Mc Menamin has been finding out more. He talks to historian Mark McGowan of the University of Toronto, and historian Jared Ross.
Family Histories of World War II
This is a book which looks at human experiences during supremely difficult times. This new anthology collects wartime stories from academics at NUI Galway. It covers a range of stories from across Europe, that illustrate the human impact of the Second World War, and what these experiences mean to subsequent generations.
The book is called Family Histories of World War 2: Survivors and Descendants, it’s published by Bloomsbury Academic.
Myles is joined by the editors of the anthology, Dr Róisín Healy and Dr Gearóid Barry are both historians at NUI Galway, specialists in Modern Germany and France respectively.