MONDAY 16TH JULY
MUCKROSS HOUSE & TRADITIONAL FARM
On this evening's Nationwide we are in Killarney in the Kingdom County visiting the Muckross Estate to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Traditional Farms in the stunning Killarney National Park. Muckross House & Gardens a very popular destination for visitors in Killarney with the beautiful Victorian mansion with magnificent landscaped gardens being a big draw for tourists but there is so much more for visitors to experience there. We make our way to the Traditional Farm where we get a feel for Ireland from bygone days and see how life was for farmers and labourers in the past.
WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY
On this evening's Nationwide we have stories from around the country about the Irish Famine.
IRISH FAMINE ART/REPORT MARY KENNEDYWe are in Skibbereen in County Cork where this week, 'The Coming Home' exhibition opens to the public. "Coming Home", is a collection of paintings of the Irish Famine which have been on display at Dublin Castle for the last four months and attracted upwards of 40,000 visitors.The exhibition is officially being launched this week by the Director General of RTE Dee Forbes.
KILKENNY FAMINE WORKHOUSE/REPORT HELEN MCINERNEY
How often have we heard it said that if the walls could talk imagine the stories they could tell? That was certainly the case with The McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre in Kilkenny City which was built on the site of the Old Kilkenny Workhouse but in 2005 as the site was being prepared human remains dating back to Famine times were discovered. Helen McInerney has the story.
THE GREAT HUNGER MUSEUM/REPORT BRIAN O'DONOVAN
Murray Lender was a millionaire who made his money from bagels and was inspired by the story of the Irish famine. Lender saw parallels between the struggles of the Irish and the suffering of his own family - Jewish immigrants who fled the Holocaust. Our reporter in the US, Brian O'Donovan visited the Great Hunger Museum to find out more about the bagel millionaire who wanted to share a part of Ireland's history with America.
FRIDAY 20TH JULY
RESIDENTIAL HOMES PROGRAMME
This Nationwide special programme focuses on the story of a woman whom reporter Tommie Gorman met at Northern Ireland’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry back in 2014. Joan O'Toole was born in County Antrim and was raised in Donegal and Derry homes by Nazareth Nuns until she was 16. She married, raised five children in Coolock, cleaned offices in places including RTE and AIB, until the family swopped its Dublin Corporation house for a bungalow in Monageer. Joan’s last job was cleaning the local school. This programme airs on the first anniversary of her death from cancer at the age of sixty two.It’s a very uplifting story of a woman, mother and wife, who refused to buckle, and it's also tinged with sadness because Joan never found an older sister who was with her in the Home. Plus we tell the important wider story of the NI Inquiry witnesses, Joan included, who have never received promised redress payments, because of the impasse at Stormont.