The Famine Irish: Emigration and new lives




                                      STROKESTOWN PARK HOUSE     

                                                19- 20 JULY 2013


Day 1

9.00                 Conference Registration -Tea & Coffee

9.30                 Welcome

                        John O'Driscoll, Curator & General Manager Strokestown Park House


9.40                 Opening Address

                        Tim O'Connor, Chairman of The Gathering Ireland 2013

Session 1    

 10.00              Patrick Fitzgerald, (Mellon Centre for Migration Studies), Irish hunger,  migration and denomination, 1550-1850

 10.25              Jason  King (University of Limerick), From Roscommon to Quebec: Irish Famine orphans as models of integration

10.50              Lawrence W. Kennedy (University of Scranton),  Patrick A. Collins: An  emigrant in the U.S. Congress and Boston City Hall

11.15               Tea & Coffee


Session 2                       

11.30                Bláthnaid Nolan (University College Dublin), From Carlow to Athy to Hobart: Crime and punishment in nineteenth century Ireland

11.55                Gerard Moran (NUI Maynooth), 'To the nearest place that was not Ireland':  The Famine Irish emigrants in Provincial Britain

12.20                Brendan McGowan (Galway City Museum), The Famine Irish in Leeds & the unfortunate case of Patrick Bourke

12.45                           Lunch


Session 3       

2.00                 Gail Baylis (University of Ulster), Ireland, photography and Famine memory

2.25                 Ciarán Reilly (NUI Maynooth), 'A Mayo man on the Cape': Robert Stanford and Anti-Irish sentiment in South Africa in the 1840s

2.50                 James M. Farrell (University of New Hampshire), Reporting the Irish Famine in America

3.15                 Tea & Coffee


Session 4

3.30     Elaine Farrell (Queen's University  Belfast), 'Bad luck to you ... you were the cause of my killing my child': women transported from Ireland for infant murder

3.55    Gail Gráinne Whitchurch (Indiana University),  ''The Colony"  to Cleveland:  Autethongraphic case study of an orphan raised at the Achill Mission



Keynote address        

4.30.-5.30        Professor Christine Kinealy (Drew University, New Jersey),

                          'Chained Wolves': Young Ireland in Van Dieman's Land



NOTE: The Tye (Tighe) Family Homecoming will take place in Strokestown Park House on Friday evening, 19 July. For further details of the event & dinner please see



Day 2

Session 1

09.30               Damien Sheils (Independent Scholar), ‘Allow me to mingle my tears’: The  impact of the American Civil War on female Famine survivors

9.55                 Regina Donlon (NUI Maynooth), Constructing an immigrant profile: using statistics to identify famine immigrants in Toledo, Ohio, 1850-1900

10.25               Michael Quigley (Independent Scholar), Quebec remembers the Famine

10.50               Tea & Coffee


Session 2       

11.10     Fidelma Byrne (NUI Maynooth), The mechanics of assisted emigration: the case of the Fitzwilliam estate, county Wicklow

11.35    Charles Read (Christ’s College, Cambridge) Famine, economic shocks, and  Emigration in 1840s Ireland

12.00    Jo-Anick Proulx (Visitor Experience Manager, Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial  National Historic Site Parks Canada),  Grosse-Île: a new home, a new hope


12.30  Closing Remarks

            Patrick D. Kenny (Executive Chairman, Westward Group of Companies)

The conference is organised by the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates and  Strokestown ParkHouse & the Irish National Famine Museum. The conference registration fee is €25

Please send the completed registration form by post only to Strokestown Park, Strokestown Co Roscommon by 12th July 2013. Cheques and bank drafts should be made payable to Westward Holdings Ltd. 

Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment of conference registration fee must be received to guarantee a booking.  Receipt of payment will be acknowledged by e-mail unless otherwise requested.  Refunds for cancelled bookings will not be made.

Enquiries:e.mail / tel. 0719633013