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Hard Days Are Gone: The Irish in the Capital Region

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Preview The determination of the Irish have built a community that's a testament to their dreams.

Watch on WMHT TV:
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 12:30pm
Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30pm

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When the Irish immigrated to the Capital Region they brought little with them but their strong backs and hands, their belief in God, and the dream of liberty and home for themselves and their family. Their legacy has endured and is affirmed in this hour-long documentary produced as a collaborative effort between WMHT and the Albany Institute of History and Art.

Through letters, diaries, poems, songs and oral history, the rich texture of the Capital Region's Irish heritage is woven. And the pride of being Irish continues today with the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Albany, an Albany visit by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, and the music of the popular group, The McKrells, performing at Saratoga's 'The Parting Glass'.

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