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An Gorta Mór Bis/The Great Hunger' by Thomas Milan


An Gorta Mór Bis/The Great Hunger' by Thomas Milan
Athlone Community Radio presents the radio premiere broadcast of 'An Gorta Mór Bis/The Great Hunger' by Thomas Milan. The narrative poem based on the Great Famine is brought to life by members of Athlone Little Theatre, who performed a staged reading of the work in June and again on Culture Night to great acclaim. The broadcast was heard worldwide, via Athlone Community Radio’s website, so the Irish diaspora and the descendants of the Famine in the United States, Canada and elsewhere were able to listen together live. Members of Athlone Little Theatre brought the epic narrative poem to the stage for the first time on June 25th in the theatre with the author in attendance. The 45-minute recording of this performance is presented as part of this broadcast. The poem’s author is Thomas James Milan, a fourth generation Irish-American raised in Tacoma, Washington. The poem is a testimonial to the estimated one million Irish who died and to the more than a million who emigrated.



Filetype: MP3 - Size: 19.7MB - Duration: 1:26:05 m (32 kbps 44100 Hz)

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