Irish Famine Summer School

The Irish Famine Summer School at Strokestown Park: 20th – 24th June

Featuring singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke on 22nd June

The Irish Famine Summer School is an annual international conference allowing delegates to engage with some of the world’s leading interdisciplinary experts in the Irish Famine.  By gathering some of the world’s leading historic Famine scholars, it benefits the local communities and brings the town of Strokestown to life. The Summer School is run in association with our academic partners Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, home of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute and alternates each year between Quinnipiac and Strokestown Park. In 2017 the Summer School took place at Quinnipiac titled ‘Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland’.

The 2018 Irish Famine Summer School is taking place from 20th – 24th June at Strokestown Park. The theme is ‘Irish Journeys: Famine Legacies and Reconnecting Communities’. Strokestown Park House and the National Famine Museum provide a hub for visitors and scholars to experience a uniquely preserved historic house and explore the lives of rich and poor in their original setting.

The 2018 Summer School will consider the Great Irish Famine and its legacies of dispersing communities between Ireland, Great Britain, North America, and Australia. Particular emphasis will be placed on the theme of Irish journeys at home and abroad, including the experiences of Irish emigrants and their descendants in building communities and becoming integrated into their host societies. The topics of homecoming, revisiting Ireland, and reconnecting communities between Irish and diasporic locations will also be central themes.

The programme promises to be a really engaging exploration of the Great Famine and its impact on later movements for social and political change.  Click here for the programme.  Booking for this event is now available here.