175 years on - Does Black '47 & the Great Hunger still matter?


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Over the last decade there has been countless events to mark the centenary of the Irish Revolution. However 2022 is also the 175th anniversary of Black ‘47, one of worst years of the Great Hunger. This has received little or no attention. This begs the question does the Great Famine matter anymore or is it fading in to the distant past?

In this podcast I looked at the impact of the Great Famine, asking what if any meaning it has for day to day life in the 21st century.

Sources mentioned:

The school's folklore collection is available at https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes

My series on the great Famine is available here https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/category/podcast/the-great-famine/

The article on the Year of Slaughter - the Famine of the 1740s is available here https://irishhistorypodcast.ie/1741-the-year-of-slaughter/

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