This week Ireland’s state broadcaster RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) dedicated an episode of its show Nationwide to the Irish experience of the American Civil War. Over the years there has been a disappointing lack of Irish programming looking at emigrants to the U.S. during this period, so this marks a very welcome addition. The 25-minute programme visits both the American Civil War Museum in Richmond and the Fredericksburg battlefield, where they conducted a great interview with National Park Service historian Frank O’Reilly. Damian from this parish also features in a couple of segments. All in all they did a pretty good job, hopefully there will be more like it in the future! The show is freely available to view in most countries via the RTÉ Player, where it will be available for the next 30 days or so. You can find it at this link.

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