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Launch of Famine Commemoration Programme of Events - Press Release

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On Sunday March 30th the 2014 Famine Commemoration Programme of Events was launched in Strokestown. This year Strokestown was selected by the National Famine Commemoration Committee to host the National Famine Commemoration. A ten day programme of events will take place starting on May 2nd in the lead up to the National Commemoration Event on May 11th. Everyone is invited to Strokestown to enjoy and participate in the events which are free of charge.

Speaking at the launch the Mayor of County Roscommon Cllr. Martin Connaughton said 'It is a great honour and privilege for County Roscommon to be chosen to host the National Famine Commemoration in 2014'. Events include a literary festival, famine exhibitions, library displays, lectures, bus tour, talks and readings , children's workshops, schools' art exhibition, talks on genealogy, wreath laying and the famine wall unveiling. A full listing of all events is in the Famine Commemoration Programme and is available at libraries and businesses throughout the county and by contacting Roscommon County Council at 090 6637 316 and on line at

The highlight of the week, the National Famine Commemoration takes place on Sunday May 11th at Strokestown Park at 2.30 pm. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to come along to the solemn and fitting commemoration of the Great Famine.


Strokestown Park International Famine Conference

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13th September 2012

(In conjunction with the Dept of History, NUI Maynooth and the OPW/NUI Maynooth Archive & Research Centre)

1.00pm Registration & light refreshments

2.00pm Welcome- John O'Driscoll, Director Strokestown Park

2.15pm Ciarán McCabe, Church of Ireland responses to begging, vagrancy and the poor in pre-Famine Ireland

Georgina Laragy, Suicide and the Great Famine

Kevin McKenna, Paternalism and the Great Famine on the estates of Lord Clonbrock

3.15pm Tea & Coffee

3.30pm Chair: Mr Pat Mc Carrick, Fundraising Projects Director, Bothar

Fidelma Byrne, 'Wiping the slate clean': a case study of assisted emigration from the Wandesforde and Coolattin estates during the Great Famine

Brian Casey, Proselytism in Ballinasloe during the Famine

Regina Donlon, The mercy of Mullanphy's millions: the role of the Mullanphy family in the plight of St Louis' famine Irish immigrants 1845-1870

Ciarán Reilly, In search of the Strokestown Famine emigrants

4.45pm Chair: Professor Terence Dooley, Dept of History, NUI Maynooth

Panel Discussion: 'The Great Irish Famine today and Ireland's role in preventing contemporary hunger and Famine in the developing world'

5.45pm Closing Words- Mr Patrick Kenny, Chairman of Westward Group.

More Than Meets the Eye Exhibition

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‘More than Meets the Eye – the Photographic Glass Plates of Strokestown Park’






 More than Meets the Eye - The Photographic Glass Plates of Strokestown Park


This exciting new exhibition is to be displayed in Strokestown Park from May 16th to End of November 2012 entitled ‘More than meets the Eye – the Photographic Glass Plates of Strokestown Park’. It showcases the original glass plates of Strokestown Park.

The collection of the glass plates which date from 1893 – 1919.

The exhibition will run from the 16th May to the 30th of November.

Glass Plates where the new technology in the late 19th Century and revolutionised

Photography, making it much easier to take photograph’s and print them.

There are a number of aspects that are unique about the Strokestown Park collection.

The main photographer is considered to be Henry Pakenham Mahon. Henry was an avid photographer, traveller and gardener. It is believed that it was Henry who was responsible for the initial creation of the pleasure garden in the walled garden during the late 1890’s. The collection of glass plates actually contain some wonderful images taken of the walled garden circa 1900. Images of the estate, family and friends are also present. The collection also shows Henry Pakenham Mahons artistic talents, some may consider aspects of the collection explicit, this is a rare and unique collection depicting a very interesting and elaborate hobby. The original darkroom survives intact in one of the rooms in Strokestown Park along with chemicals, developing equipment, cameras etc. This exhibition is a must see.

Tel. 071 9633013

New Opening Hours

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We are open 1 November 2014 to 15 March 2015 at 10.30-4.00 with one tour of the House per day at 2.30pm

Christmas opening hours as detailed below:

Closed: December 24th, 25th, 26th

Open: Saturday 27th December 2014 to 5th January 2015 11.30–4.00

Resume winter opening hours will resume Jan 6th 10.30-4.00



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