Great Famine Voices Roadshow

Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019


Bringing together Irish emigrants and descendants during the Great Famine of Ireland

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019 is a series of open house events in the United States and Canada that brings together Irish emigrants, their descendants, and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America, especially during the period of the Great Hunger and afterwards.


In 2019, the second Great Famine Voices Roadshow will travel to:

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England 

200 New Boston Drive, Canton MA 02021

March 22nd from 6:30pm



Embassy of Ireland, Washington D.C.

2234 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20008

March 25th (launch for invited guests 6.30-8.30pm)

March 26th (public event 6.00-8.00pm)

Please RSVP here.



Parliament Hill, Ottawa (“Irish Day on the Hill”)

Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9

May 6th at 6.00pm


Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland, Ottawa

291 Park Rd, Rockcliff Park, Ottawa, K1M 0E1

May 8th Launch for invited guests. 6.00 – 8.00pm


Fort Henry National Historic Site, Kingston (in partnership with Parks Canada)

1 Fort Henry Dr, Kingston, ON K7K 5G8

May 9th (3.00pm – 6.00pm)


McMahon Hall, Quebec City (in partnership with Parks Canada and Irish Heritage Quebec)

1145 Avenue de Salaberry, Quebec, G1R 2V7

May 11th (1.00pm – 4.00pm)


Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac’s University Club, People’s United Center, on the York Hill campus.

305 Sherman Ave, Hamden, CT 06518

June 14th, 5-7pm

Please RSVP here:

“We are excited about meeting people during the Great Famine Voices Roadshow and hearing their family stories about how their ancestors came from Ireland to start new lives in the United States,” said Christine Kinealy, Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. “We hope that people of Irish heritage in Canada will come to the Roadshow to share their family memories,” added Professor Mark McGowan from the University of Toronto.

“This Roadshow will provide a unique opportunity for Irish-Americans and Irish-Canadians to share their stories, strengthen their sense of ancestry, and historical and current Irish connections. All are welcome to these events”, said Caroilin Callery, a Director of the National Famine Museum in Strokestown Park, Roscommon. “Over the past few years, we have been in search of stories from ‘the next Parish’ in North America, where so many of those who survived the Great Hunger – the biggest catastrophe of 19th century Europe – made new lives. We need to hear these stories,” she continued.

A selection of these family memories and stories will be made freely available on the Great Famine Voices online archive 

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow in the USA and Canada is hosted by the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park, Ireland, and the Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity.

The Roadshow is being held in partnership with Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, the University of Toronto, and Parks Canada. It is funded by the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme.

For queries, or if you would like to contribute a family memory or story online, contact Dr Jason King at the Irish Heritage Trust: