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I'm Jim Bruce. You are welcome to my podcast page. I hope you enjoy these insights into Ireland, past, present and future.

Oct 17, 2020

On Sunday September 19th 1847 a public meeting took place on the Fair Green in the village of Holycross, Co. Tipperary.

The meeting was organised by farmer-turned-journalist, James Fintan Lalor, who lived near Abbeyleix in Queen’s County.

On Saturday September 19th 2020, the 173rd anniversary of that fateful meeting, "Ireland's Hope", James P. Bruce's new study
of James Fintan Lalor, was launched in Holycross.

A general discussion followed addresses by the two main speakers. A contribution from the floor sparked a debate about Lalor's relevance to the Ireland of 2020.

The ensuing exchanges were lively - and occasionally heated.

(I apologise for a technical fault that interrupted the recording at the 11-minute mark.  I hope this does not mar your enjoyment of what turned out to be an interesting discussion.)