Tag Archive: Ireland


 THE GREAT IRISH FAMINE  (1845 -1852)

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 What did the Choctaws (Native Americans) have to do with the Irish famine? Have a look at the slide show to know the answer (very short explanation)  

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Here is a slide show to have an overview (vue d’ensemble) of the main facts about  Ireland, then you can listen to  a song in the next post.

 Easter 1916 : a rebellion against the English  took place in Dublin Post Office.    

EASTER RISING mural

 The Foggy Dew is an Irish patriotic song : by clicking on the link below you can listen to it, read the lyrics and have a look at some pictures of the events, all in one go: 

Foggy Dew

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Présentation pédagogique avec explication des références.

Voc : Easter : Pâques / rising : soulèvement – G.P.O. = General Post Office

Version des Chieftains avec la belle voix de  Sinead O’Connor 

 Angela’s Ashes is a book by Irish author Frank McCourt. It tells the story of his childhood in Brooklyn and Ireland. The book was published in 1996 and  won the Pulitzer Prize

Angela's Ashes

 The film (1999), based on the book, was directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Mississipi Burning) 

« When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all.  It was, of course, a miserable childhood : the happy childhood is hardly worth your while.  Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic Childhood. »

So begins the memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland.

Angela’s Ashes was followed by another autobiographical novel : ‘Tis