The Portlaoise College Portlaoise College TY class of 2014 will be presenting ‘Forgotten Famine People of the Queen’s County: 1845-1850’ at the Dunamaise Arts Centre next week.
This documentary film 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 in our county.
Tickets for the film screenings are priced €5 and on sale from Dunamaise Arts Centre Box Office.
To find out more information, people can contact the box office at 057 86 63355 or go online at www.dunamaise.ie.
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