The Story of Irish Coffin Ships Part I


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Between 1845 - 1855 over two million people left Ireland to escape hunger, poverty and disease during the Great Hunger. The experience of these emigrants was often harrowing. The term Coffin Ship has became synonymous with their journeys across the Atlantic.

While the term conveys misery, what was the experience actually like?

In the first of two podcasts on the subject, I am joined by Dr Cian T. McMahon author of The Coffin Ship - Life and Death at Sea during the Great Famine. Cian's work is deeply personal. Laced with hundreds of individual narratives he creates a vivid account of the complexities of escaping hunger in Ireland in the 1840s.

You can get a copy of The Coffin Ship - Life and Death at Sea here

If you want listen to more stories form the Great Hunger my 30 part podcast series is available here.

My exclusive series on the Irish Civil War with Dr Brian Hanley kicks off next week. Exclusively available for show supporters on Acast+ and, the series will be an expert guide to one of the most formative conflicts in modern Ireland.

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