Posted by: irishhungercomm | March 6, 2011

Who Do You Think You Are? – Irish American’s Reaction

It seems that the NBC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” which featured Rosie O’Donnell, and brought out the fact of some of her ancestors having spent time in a Workhouse before coming to America, has peaked the interest of many.

What was that all about?  What was going on?  In Ireland – we can’t believe it!

Here is what Marie Smith has to say:

Rosie’s reaction is so similar to what a majority of Irish Americans would say.  Incidentally, Birr Workhouse was a workhouse that I inquired about 5 to 7 years ago when I was in the town of Birr.

While speaking to a shop owner and telling her of my quest she told me that they had a wonderful specimen down the road; however, the president of the historical society, when approached, said a definite “NO” to opening it up.  Amazing what they will do when push comes to shove – times are a changing.

Marie Smith


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