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Jim O’Brien: The Famine is our holocaust, a chapter of our history we should never close

Why do we know so little about the people in our parishes who died in the Great Hunger?

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Great Irish Famine memorial in Dublin

Great Irish Famine memorial in Dublin

Great Irish Famine memorial in Dublin

Over two Monday nights I watched that excellent two-part television programme, The Hunger: The Story of the Irish Famine, broadcast on RTÉ and written by Ruán Magan.

It was a powerful piece of work. There was an immediacy to its portrayal of the awfulness and horror of what happened to ordinary people.


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