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New Famine films launched

August 27th, 2019 5:10 PM

By Southern Star Team

David Puttnam with his wife Patsy and Heritage Centre manager Terri Kearney at the launch. (Photo: Anne Minihane)

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A SERIES of new Famine films was launched recently by David Puttnam at Skibbereen Heritage Centre.

The short films feature both the causes and effects of Ireland’s Great Hunger – from the government’s response to the crisis, to local stories about the eviction of the Widow Ganey and the workhouse orphan girls.

Jeremy Irons narrated the introduction while local actors Fachtna and Carmel O’Driscoll, Donagh Long, Paul Delaney, Rupert Stutchbury and Tod McCarthy portrayed the voices of the time in these heartbreaking local stories which now form part of the permanent Famine Story exhibition at Skibbereen Heritage Centre.

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