A new two-part radio documentary charting the never before told story of the disappearing Master of Portumna Workhouse has been aired on Galway Bay FM this week.
Produced, presented and edited by Caltra journalist Sally-Ann Barrett, “In Search of Horrid Henry”, tells the story of the young Master of Portumna Workhouse Henry Ogle who disappeared into the night in 1865 without a trace, never to be seen or heard from again.
Through extensive research, local historian David Broderick has now finally solved much of the mystery of Henry Ogle’s untimely disappearance. David has charted the story in his newly published book, “Finding Ogle.”
The result is an ironic tale of karma full of cruelty, deception and tragedy with a protagonist in search of a new life who ultimately ends up bound to the life he left behind. Stories of the workhouse inmates and the campaigning of a local missionary priest Father Patrick Donnellan also emerge, which illustrate the cruel and tragic tale of the Workhouse, and those who sought refuge there.
This week’s radio documentary charts the search for Henry Ogle and features the voices of genealogist Clare Doyle, archaeologist Dr Christy Cuniffe and a direct descendant of the workhouse master, Jimmy Ogle. The documentary series also features the voices of members of Fohenagh Drama group.
Have a listen back to Part 2 here:
Note: If you would like to know more, The Book “Finding Ogle” can be purchased through the workhouse in Portumna.