National Famine Commemoration 2012: The Strokestown Park House Famine papers

On Saturday, 12 May 2012, Dr Ciarán Reilly and Roisin Berry delivered a lecture entitled, ‘Forgotten Voices: the Great Irish Famine revealed through the Strokestown Estate Archive’, in the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, as part of the National Famine Commemoration which was held in the county Louth town.

Senior archivist at the OPW/NUI Maynooth Archive and Research Centre at Castletown, Co. Kildare, Róisín provided a broad overview of the work of the Archive and Research Centre, the Strokestown Estate and its fascinating Famine archive, and the ‘Forgotten Voices’ exhibition and its main objectives.

Dr Reilly examined the nature and content on the voluminous petitions which form part of the Strokestown Park Archive. These petitions, from a variety of sources, highlight the daily suffering of the people of county Roscommon during the Great Famine, while also examining some heretofore unexplored aspects of the calamity.

An exhibition, ‘Forgotten voices’, based on the Strokestown Park Archive Famine papers will remain on display in the Highlanes Gallery from 12-30 May.