In an emotional show recorded just after the historic vote in the abortion referendum on May 25th Singers Karan Casey and Ciara Sidine join host Panti Bliss in an episode entitled ‘Awesome Mná’ exploring the voice of women in Ireland; the stories they tell and the songs they sing. Casey, an outstanding traditional and folk singer, kicked off the gender equality in music initiative Fair Plé earlier this year while Ciara Sidine’s work includes a powerful song in tribute to the memory of the women and babies of the Magdalene laundries and mother and baby institutions. Samantha Long, a Magdalene adoptee, shares the story of her birth mother Margaret. Joining them is Maynooth sociologist Linda Connolly author of The Irish Women’s Movement and playwright/actor Eva O’Connor whose work includes the play Maz & Bricks exploring themes affecting young Irish women today. In the provocative and timely show Ciara Sidine performs her songs ‘Finest Flower’ and ‘Trouble Come Find Me’ while Karan Casey sings a favourite Janis Ian one ‘I’m Still Standing Here’ as well as a song she wrote during the referendum campaign ‘Sister I’m Here for You’.
In this short extract from the programme which is broadcast on RTE Radio 1 July 3 10pm Samantha Long shares her story of being adopted from a Magdalene institution when she was nine months old with her twin sister. She tells Panti Bliss about how she and her sister finally met their birth mother Margaret when they were in their early twenties and learnt of her life, a lifetime, living and working ina Magdalene Laundry. Margaret, in this extract from the conversation, talks of how her birth spent 49 of her 51 years inside an institution yet had three babies, the twins and one other daughter. Join Panti Bliss for the first in a new season of Pantisocracy and discover the cabaret of conversations.
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