Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Featured, Gallery

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Forgotten Famine People of the Queen’s County: 1845 – 1850

Portlaoise College TY class of 2014 are proud to present a documentary film that rolls back the mists of time and tells the tragic story of the Great Famine in Laois.

In August 1845, potato blight struck Ireland, and the most devastating famine of modern times began. Laois, then Queen’s County lost one quarter of her people. The neighbours and friends of our ancestors died in their hovels, on the sides of our roads and in the workhouses. Many fled across the sea, never to return.

Accompany the students of Portlaoise College on a journey of discovery as they visit local sites, interview historians and dig into the archives.

This documentary will intrigue anyone with a passion for history or an interest our county.