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The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut

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Published on Nov 26, 2008

1 x 52 min HD documentary for RTÉ

In April 1832, 57 young Irishmen left the port of Derry in search of a better life in America. Landing in Philadelphia they found work building one of the new world's earliest stretches of railroad. A mere six weeks later, all 57 men were dead, buried in an unmarked mass grave in a valley known today as Duffys Cut.




For 170 years, the circumstances surrounding their deaths lay shrouded in a haze of mystery, folklore and ghostly tales. The truth might have forever remained hidden had not Bill Watson, a Pennsylvania historian, and his brother Frank, a Lutheran minister, discovered an old file titled Duffys Cut buried among their grandfathers papers. It revealed the true story of the men who are said to haunt this stretch of the American railroad an extraordinary story of exploitation, bigotry, neglect and the dark side of the American Dream.

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