IHP and the Consulate General of Ireland present
Death on the Railroad: The Story of Duffy's Cut
Please join us for a reception at 6:00pm before the screening, to enjoy some complimentary refreshments and meet our special guests, the three Co-Directors/Co-Founders of the Duffy's Cut Project and the film's Producer:
- Dr. William Watson, Chair of History Department at Immaculata University
- Rev. Dr. Frank Watson, Lutheran minister
- Earl Schandelmeier , Adjuct Professor of History at Immaculata University
- and Dave Farrell, producer of the film.
In June, 1832, a group of 57 Irish immigrants from Donegal, Tyrone, and Derry arrived in Philadelphia. They were brought to Chester County by a fellow Irishman named Philip Duffy as laborers for the construction of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, Pennsylvania’s pioneering railroad. Within six weeks, all were dead of cholera and possibly violence, and were buried anonymously in a ditch outside of Malvern.
Over 150 years later long after their deaths had been forgotten, twin brothers discovered a secret file among their grandfather's papers, leading them to investigate the story behind their deaths and search out the location of their final resting place. With the help of a team of scientists and researchers, the brothers locate a mass grave site in a valley now known as Duffy's Cut. Using the latest forensic and scientific investigative techniques, as well as historical detective work in Ireland and the U.S., modern detectives and experts will unravel this extraordinary story.
Death on the Railroad is a classic whodunit, containing foul play, cover ups, a murder mystery, and both old-fashioned detective work and high tech analysis to help find out what happened to a group of Irish men who came to America for a better life but found only misery.