This edition: Season Five, #3
Original tape date: January 21, 2006.
Disease… Starvation… Mass Eviction… All were the conditions facing Ireland’s impoverished population during the Great Irish Potato Famine at the end of the 19th century. To help raise awareness about the famine and how it relates to issues of poverty and hunger in the world today, The City University of New York’s Institute for Irish American Studies is working with New York Public School Teachers to help introduce the famine into their school’s curriculum. Part of this was having the Irish Institute take these teachers to Ireland, to take a course and visit the actual famine sites. So sit back and enjoy the trip… as CUNY takes you to the Emerald Isle.
Music by Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies. Special thanks to: Ulster American Folk Park - Northern Ireland, Strokestown Park and Famine Museum, Carrick-on-Shannon Workhouse & St. Pat's Hospital, Kilmainham Jail - Ireland, High School for Teaching and the Professions - New York City.
Faith Arner Teacher
Ciaran Barry Kilmainham Jail
Elaine Ni Bhraonáin Program Coordinator, Institute for Irish-American Studies/CUNY
Martin Burke Professor, Lehman/Graduate Center/CUNY
Kofo Coker Teacher
Eileen Dawn Teacher
Patricia McGivern Teacher
Effie Milhalitsianos Teacher
Hilary Mulholland Employee, Ulster American Folk Park
Maureen Murphy Professor, Hofstra University
John O'Driscoll General Manager, Strokestown Park and Famine Museum
Valerie Sorrie Employee, Ulster American Folk Park
Sarah Stern Teacher