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Who was Bridget O’Donnel? AKA The Most Famous Irish Woman in History

You may not recognise the name Bridget O’Donnel, but she is one of the most recognisable women in Irish history. In December 1849 her image (pictured in the episode artwork and here) appeared in The Illustrated London News. Over the following decades she became the face of the Great Famine. Today she is one of the most recognisable women in Irish history, but who was Bridget O’Donnel?

Is it possible she never existed but was the creation of an artist called James Mahony?


Hear the full story of the woman behind this iconic image.


Additional narrations from Therese Murray


H/T to Mark Lagan for his help in this!


The poster of Bridget mentioned in the episode is available here.


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