National Famine Commemoration Lecture Series, 5-10 May

National Famine Commemoration 2014 Lecture Series

The CSHIHE, in conjunction with Strokestown Park House, presents a series of public lectures to mark the National Famine Commemoration Day on 11 May.

(Lectures will be held at 8pm in Strokestown Park House unless otherwise stated)


5 May Launch of Exhibition: The Famine Irish: Emigrant Faces from county Roscommon by Dr Ciaran Reilly (CSHIHE, NUI Maynooth).

6 May Dr Emily Mark FitzGerald (School of Art History & Cultural Policy, UCD), Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument

7 May Professor Mark McGowan (University of Toronto) Seeking the plain people of the Famine: Strategies to uncover the Roscommon migrants of 1847 from the Canadian side

8 May Professor Christine Kinealy (Director, Irelands Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University), 'Forgotten heroes': Women, children and charity during the Great Hunger

9 May Dr Ciarán Reilly (CSHIHE, NUI Maynooth) , 'Famine was written on the faces of these women': The plight of females in Roscommon during the 1840s

10 May

2pm: Dr Richard Reid, There is no person starving here: Australian responses to the Great Famine

2.30pm:Dr Perry McIntyre (Chair of the Australian Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee, 2013), Remembering and commemorating the Great Famine in Australia

3.00-3.30pm Tea & Coffee

3.30pm Professor Terence Dooley, (Department of History, NUI Maynooth & Director of CSHIHE) The making of the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown

4.00pm Professor Vincent Comerford, (Professor Emeritus, Department of History, NUI Maynooth), The Great Famine and the Great War: writing the history of calamity

Booking is not essential. Admission is free and all are welcome.