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Fourth Annual International Famine Conference

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Irish National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park

20-21 June 2015

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'The local and regional impact of the Great Irish Famine'

2015 marks the 170th anniversary of the Great Irish Famine. To coincide with this, on 20-21 June 2015, the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House will host an international, interdisciplinary conference to examine the Famine experience at a local and regional level. Bringing together a network of Famine experts, local, national and international, the conference will approach the above theme from the broadest possible historical perspective. The conference is part of the inaugural Irish Famine Summer School which will be held in Strokestown from 17-19 June 2015.

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Launch of Famine Commemoration Programme of Events 2014 - 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.


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.

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