7 episodes

The new podcast from Queen's University Belfast & Ulster University, telling the untold stories of generations of Irish women who saw their American Dream become a nightmare.
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Bad Bridge‪t‬ Queen's University Belfast

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    • 4.9 • 150 Ratings

The new podcast from Queen's University Belfast & Ulster University, telling the untold stories of generations of Irish women who saw their American Dream become a nightmare.
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    Episode 5: The Murderers

    Episode 5: The Murderers

    We’ve saved our most sensational cases to the end! Hear about the woman who murdered her neighbour and put her in a trunk to steal her house, the wife who suspected her husband of having an affair, and the Irish serial killer who was the first women in America to be sentenced to death by the electric chair.
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    • 25 min
    Episode 4: The Demon Drink!

    Episode 4: The Demon Drink!

    The Irish have a long association with alcohol and in this podcast we look at what happened to those Irish women who got into trouble with alcohol abroad. Those who drank to drown their sorrows, the mothers who neglected their children, and groups of women whose drinking on the streets brought them to court.
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    • 22 min
    Episode 3: The Unmarried Mothers.

    Episode 3: The Unmarried Mothers.

    Listen to the stories of girls and women who left Ireland pregnant or became pregnant in North America outside marriage. Some who migrated from Ireland believed their partners would follow them, only to find themselves alone and thousands of miles from home. Hear how for some women having a baby out of wedlock had tragic consequences.
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    • 23 min
    Bad Bridget: Still To Come...Unmarried mothers, the demon drink, and murder.

    Bad Bridget: Still To Come...Unmarried mothers, the demon drink, and murder.

    Enjoy a preview of the next 3 episodes in the Bad Bridget podcast. In this preview, we'll be hearing about the struggles and `shame' of unmarried mothers, the impact of the demon drink on our Bad Bridget's and the most sensational crime of all - murders committed by Irish women.
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    • 2 min
    Episode 2: The Sex Workers.

    Episode 2: The Sex Workers.

    Many Irish women travelled to North America, got jobs and sent money home. But perhaps their families did not know where that money came from. Hear about the Irish women who became sex workers, about wrongful convictions and how much family reputation really mattered to some.


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    • 34 min
    Episode1: Poverty

    Episode1: Poverty

    Welcome to the Bad Bridget Podcast. Hear how many young Irish girls and women, some as young as 11 or 12, travelled alone to America to escape poverty at home and to earn money for their families. Listen to how the discrimination and prejudice experienced by the Irish over 150 years ago has similar echoes in today’s society.
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
150 Ratings

150 Ratings

Shrimp59 ,

Fascinating, heartbreaking and addictive

These podcasts are so very addictive. A side of emigration that is not so well publicised. I hope that there are more to come.

Marshymum ,

Very interesting

Very entertaining and interesting history of Irish women in US ...

Liverpool Kitty ,

Fascinating and heartbreaking stories

As a Liverpudlian with at least 6 great-great grandparents who came from Ireland in the famine years, I was fascinated by this podcast. The brutality and desperation of Irish emigrant lives in the nineteenth century confirms my belief that I really don’t know I am born! This is an excellent and highly revealing series. it should be on every school curriculum. Please produce more on this and related themes. There is a small plaque, largely ignored now, on the wall in Myrtle Street which is close to Liverpool city centre. The plaque commemorates 4000+ Irish immigrants who died there from starvation and disease during the famine years. I don’t know whether it was the site of a workhouse or infirmary. This tragedy unfolded under the eyes of the churches: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and the rest. they were all wealthy and powerful. So why was this tragedy allowed to happen? And it wasn’t just Irish immigrants who suffered and died. The indigenous poor people were in similar dire straits. Your next series could explore -please!

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