In Ireland we're more familiar with thinking of ourselves as the victims of history - which we were - than as active participants in colonialism. But it's an uncomfortable fact that the Irish were also slave owners, slave traders, overseers and agents. We helped build the slave empire on behalf of Britain, France and other countries, and shared in the profits of this horrendous system over the course of several hundred years.
Talking to historians, academics and writers, producer Bairbre Flood traces the history of Irish involvement in the Atlantic Slave Trade, and examines some of the research in this area.
‘Ireland & The Slave Trade’ also looks at the anti-slavery movement at the time - and especially the visit of Frederick Douglass; the myth of the ‘white Irish slaves’ still doing the rounds on social media; and the growth of racism as a way of legitimising the enslavement of millions of African men, women and children.
Orla Power, author of Irish planters, Atlantic Merchants: The Development of St. Croix, Danish West Indies, 1750-1766, and numerous academic papers and articles on this subject.
Joe O’Shea, journalist and author of Murder, Mutiny, Mayhem:The Account of The Blackest-Hearted Villains From Irish History, O’Brien Press, (2012).
Nini Rodgers, historian, retired lecturer from Queen’s University, Belfast, and author of Ireland, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: 1645-1865, Palgrave Macmillan; 2007.
Kate Hodgson, lecturer in University College Cork in the areas of Francophone postcolonial literature and culture, slavery, abolition and the law, and contemporary French politics and society. Co-editor of Slavery, Memory and Identity: National Representations and Global Legacies, London: Pickering & Chatto, (2012)
Dr Ebun Joseph, lecturer in the first Black Studies Module to be taught in Ireland at University College Dublin, social activist, and co-editor of Challenging Perceptions of Africa in Schools - Critical Approaches to Global Justice Education, Routledge, 2020.
Lee Jenkins, head of the Dept. of English in UCC, co-editor of Atlantic Crossings in the Wake of Frederick Douglass, Brill, 2017, and author of ‘Beyond the Pale: Frederick Douglass in Cork', in The Irish Review, 24, 1999.
'We're seeing so much trauma...we've seen lots of young children who no longer speak.' - Elena Lydon, a nurse from Mayo who's volunteering in Lesvos.
Currently around 1,800 unaccompanied minors on the island, people stuck there with interview dates in 2022, and services increasingly overwhelmed.
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'We didn't want this conference to be any other conference, whereby we've got people theorising about other people's lives. We wanted the people that don't have the opportunity to narrate their own stories to be able to have that platform.' - Lucky Khambule, co-founder of MASI
I chat to Lucky at the first MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) conference in Liberty Hall, Dublin.
More info: https://www.masi.ie
Malak Bouod grew up in Benghazi, Libya and became involved in human rights activism in her teenage years. She moved to Ireland in 2014 and was granted refugee status in 2016.
[Malak was interviewed by Sorcha Pollak as part of the New to the Parish series of articles in the Irish Times.]
Three women describe their experience of seeking asylum in Ireland; the threat of deportation, what it means to be Irish, and how they deal with racism.
Elsie Nwaora, Nomaxabiso Maye & Florence Eriamantoe talk openly about their years in Direct Provision.
Home to 10,000 refugees before its eviction in 2016 – what was life like for people living in the unofficial refugee camp in Calais, France, aka The Jungle? (Funded by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund.)
How politics and music influenced each other in Ireland, from the 1798 Rebellion to modern hip hop. Featuring original recordings of 1798 songs, and 'Oppression' - a first-hand account of life in Direct Provision. (Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, first broadcast on UCC98.3FM)