fleeing the famine ( 2 x 60' )


An epic tale of sacrifice and courage in the face of overwhelming adversity. It’s a story that symbolizes the hardship and suffering of our ancestors as they struggled to build a new life.

In 1847 Ireland was in the grip of a devastating famine that would claim more than a million lives and force a million more to leave their country in despair, escaping to North America in the holds of ‘coffin ships’. Among those fleeing their homeland are the ancestors of Henry Ford, John F. Kennedy and Bing Crosby.

Between May and October of that year, 38,000 wretched souls landed in the muddy backwater village of Toronto. Their only hope was to start a new life and leave the misery of Ireland far behind.

This gripping docudrama reveals a forgotten chapter of the great Irish famine and how wave after wave of sick and desperate migrants unleashed upon North America a public health and refugee crisis beyond imagination.

Episodes : 2

Runtime : 60 mins

Definition : HD

Production Company : A Ballinran Entertainment production in association with Tile Films for History Television, RTE Ireland and History Channel UK

YOP : 2010


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