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Mattie Lennon Irish Author- THE FAMINE POT

      by Mattie Lennon
Donegal man John Cassidy is embarking on a unique project.
 The following is the story behind it;
   In 2011 John found an old famine-pot, broken in pieces, in south
Donegal. He had it welded, restored and mounted outside Leghowney Community
The following is the story behind it:

  In 2011 he found an old famine-pot, broken in pieces, in south Donegal, had it welded, restored and mounted outside Leghowney Community Hall.

   Such was the interest shown by American tourists that he decided to do some research on the whole Famine-pot/Soup–kitchen aspect of the famine. We found that because of bigotry, pride, misguided patriotism and inherited false information,this aspect of the potato failure was almost air-brushed from our history.

   In conjunction with An Lar TV he is now making a documentary on the subject.    Three prominent historians, Dr. Ciaran Reilly, Fr. Anthony J. Gaughan and a Quaker historian, have agreed to speak on camera and we are hoping to interview a number of centenarians in Donegal who knew famine survivors.

  It will be broadcast on An Lar TV which is reaching the Irish Diaspora in more than 120 countries around the world including such Irish groups and clubs as: Ireland Calls Radio Show, New York, USA/Irish Defence Forces Veterans.  Turkey/Paris Gaels GAA Club, Paris, France/London Irish Association (Hammersmith and Wimbledon), The Irish Canada Monument Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Irish Sports and Social Club, Vancouver, Canada. The Irish Association of Toronto, Canada. The Tara Association, New Jersey, USA. Little Shamrocks.com, New Hampshire, USA (www.littleshamrocks.com)The Irish Association, Christchurch, New Zealand Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association, Iowa, USA. The Ulster American Society, Pennsylvania, USA. The Irish community of Gridley, California, USA. The Irish community of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The Irish Association of South Africa. The Irish Club, Basel, Switzerland. The Irish Club, Brussels, Belgium. The Costa Gaels GAA Club, Marbella, Spain. The Irish Club, Marbella, Spain. Gaelic Athletic Association Toronto Canada. The Uruguay Ireland Association, Montevideo, Uruguay. The Tolosa Gaels GAA Club, Toulouse, France. The Irish Community of Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland GAA, Auckland, New Zealand. The O’Neill Malcom Branch, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Washington D.C., St. John’s Avalon Harps GAA Club, Newfoundland, Canada.Tasmanian Gaelic Football Association, Hobart, Australia. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Iowa.

 It will also be advertised on our website; www.irishfaminepots.com which will be live in the next couple of days.

    The target market is Ireland and abroad, mainly the USA. And John is hoping to get the documentary into schools in Ireland and abroad.
John Cassidy may be contacted at; irishfaminepots@gmail.com
Mattie Lennon    mattielennon@gmail.com

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From Mattie Lennon- AN LAR TV (Irish Internet TV Network)

From Mattie Lennon- AN LAR TV (Irish Internet TV Network)

       Since you are reading this you probably have some interest in Ireland and/or things Irish.

       I suggest that as soon as you finish reading  this you  go to www.anlar.tv  There you will find an internet TV network that will tell you all you want to know about our green and misty island and its people.

    An Lar TV embraces all aspects of Irish life.   If you are interested in culture, heritage, history, language music and the arts they have something for you.

   It’s available on your computer, laptop, smart or android device, through media streaming players and XBMC technology.

  An Lar is on the air 24/7. On the main channel you’ll find Irish drama and comedy.  The Rock channel brings you the best Rock musicians on the planet and you can visit www.rockmusic.anlar.tv

   The Trad Music Channel  broadcasts Ireland traditional and folk music which is famous around the world.

   And . . . the next generation is not forgotten. There is a channel designed specifically for children and young people featuring programmes made for and by Irish kids. Cartoons, documentaries and all kinds of fun is available on www.kids.anlar.tv

   www.arts.anlar.tv deals with literature, poetry and dance and anything that could be deemed art.  It’s all there; from the Irish Museum of Modern Art to Siamsa Tire to the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra.

   It regularly brings live broadcasts from a variety of events around Ireland and upcoming events are listed.

    Operations Director, Susanne Carpenter and her team are not resting on their laurels. They have more channels in the pipeline and, in conjunction with CIE Writers’ Group, they are now working on a documentary The Famine Pot.  Much has been written about the potato famine in Ireland in the 1840s.  However, up to now, one aspect of it has been almost ignored by authors and film makers. The part played by Christian Churches in setting up “Soup-kitchens” has been largely air-brushed out of our history.   This documentary will be shown on An Lar and it is planned to put it into schools at home and abroad.  The producers would welcome the help of readers.  If anyone has a picture or drawing with an “Irish famine flavour “  they are asked to scan it and email it to;ciewriters@gmail.com

   They are also depending on sponsorship and donations would be welcome from any member of the Irish Diaspora.

All contributors will be listed in the credits.

   The Motto of An Lar is; Watch it, Be Part of It or in Irish Feach Air, Bi mar Chuid de!. They always welcome new contributors and information on how to become involved is on their website. And the good news is there are more channels on the way.





   And they are waiting to hear from you. Here’s their invitation;



   As our name suggests, An Lár TV is TV with an Irish Flavour.  Our aim is to provide a platform for Irish communities to share information and entertainment.  Our ethos is one of inclusiveness, and we are open to work with anyone who wishes to share their message with our audience. Our primary caveat is that content should be suitable for a general audience and should not contain any offensive material. If you have programming content that you would like to broadcast, or have interesting proposals for new content, please contact ; info@anlar.tv  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us at 00 353 1 486 55 66           Thanks again,   An Lár Tv

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