"The Irish History Podcast" examines how the Great Hunger started, what the British did or did not do, and how the Irish people resisted.

The movie "Black 47" set in Ireland during the Great Hunger has been doing phenomenally well since it's release in Ireland and on September 28 it will receive a full release in the United States. Ahead of the release Fin Dwyer, the creator of "The Irish History Podcast" talks through the history of the Great Irish Famine and the events that lead up to 1847, "Black 47".

Find out how the Great Famine started, what the British Government did and didn't do and how Irish people resisted in this enthralling podcast.

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Dwyer's excellent episode of "The Irish History Podcast" came to IrishCentral just the week before the new action thriller movie, "Black 47", gets a general release in the United States. The film is set in 1847 Ireland during the height of the Great Famine and stars Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, and Stephen Rea alongside James Frecheville, Freddie Fox and Barry Keoghan.

The movie, “Black 47,” follows the story of an Irish Ranger, during the worst of the Irish Famine in 1847. The Irish young soldier had been fighting for the British Army abroad but abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite been hardened by his time on the battlefield he is shocked by the horror he discovers in his ravaged homeland.

Promotional poster for the new movie "Black 47".

Promotional poster for the new movie "Black 47".

Feeney, the Ranger, played by James Frecheville, finds his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for he sets a destructive path to avenge his family.

The movie is getting rave reviews. It was given a full release in Ireland on September 5 and has already topped the €1-million threshold in theaters. Its opening weekend broke records for an Irish film since 2015’s "Brooklyn," which stars Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.

IFC Films will distribute “Black 47” in US cinemas from September 28.

* Fin Dwyer Is a historian, author, and creator of the Irish history podcast. Over the last seven years, he has been creating free podcasts which makes Irish history accessible to new audiences. He has covered diverse topics from the Middle Ages to the modern history. He is currently focusing on the story of the Great Hunger. With over three million individuals downloads, the show is one of Ireland's most popular podcasts. You can find his podcast on iTunes.

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