Finding Mary McGrath and Patrick Phelan

Mary McGrath and Patrick Phelan had two sons and a daughter in 1830’s in County Kilkenny, one of the most fertile regions of Ireland. Ask anyone in Ireland about what happened during “The Famine” of 1845 to 1849 and you will hear what Great Britain and the United States did not teach: that there was plenty of available food. Grain, dairy, and meat were exported to Great Britain while the indigenous Irish starved, causing a staggering genocide and exodus that Ireland has of yet to recover from.
“Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam. A country without a language is a country without a soul.”
― Pádraig Pearse

Recorded in October 2019 at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin, Instioge, and Galway. Galway wall mural.

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