National Famine Way Famine Custom House Quay Festival

Date: May 30th (5.30pm-7.30pm) and May 31st (10.00am – 5.00pm)

Venue: EPIC Irish Emigration Museum, CHQ Building. Custom House Quay, Dublin.

The National Famine Way Custom House Quay Festival will begin with the arrival of a group of Famine Walkers in the CHQ Building at the end of their 167km, 6-day walk from Strokestown Park along the National Famine Way. The Famine Walkers will have followed in the footsteps of the 1,490 former tenants from Denis Mahon’s estate in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, who were forced to emigrate from Dublin and Liverpool on some of the worst of the coffin ships during the summer of 1847, when over half of them perished.

The Festival is being held to mark the opening of the National Famine Way walking trail and to commemorate generations of emigrants who left from the Dublin Docklands area, especially during the period of the Great Hunger in the mid 19th century and afterwards.  The event is being hosted by the Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park in partnership with EPIC – the Irish Emigration Museum. It is supported by Dublin City Council.

Launch of the National Famine Way Custom House Quay Festival on Thursday 30th May with renowned singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke

Singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke 

Join us for the Launch of the National Famine Way Custom House Quay Festival in the CHQ Building on Custom House Quay on 30th May from 5:30 to 7: 30 pm. The highlight of the event is a free, ticketed performance by Dublin born musician Declan O’Rourke, whose album Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine received Best Original Folk Track at the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in October 2018.

National Famine Way Custom House Quay Symposium

Date: Friday 31st May

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue: Annie Moore Room in CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

The National Famine Way Custom House Quay Festival Symposium explores the impact and legacies of the Great Hunger and Famine Migration on Dublin and Ireland, as well as the experiences of emigrants and immigrants in Dublin today.

This Symposium is a free event but registration is required.  Please register here


10.00-10: 45 am: Professor Mark Mc Gowan, University of Toronto, Canada.

“Leaving Strokestown and Dublin: Voices, Victims, and Virtue during the Irish Famine migration to Canada”

10:45-11.15 am: Dr Angela Byrne (EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Historian in Residence).

11:15-11:45 am: Coffee

11:45-12: 30 pm:  Professor Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University, USA

“The Great Hunger in Dublin: Why Guinness isn’t always good for you”

12.30 – 2.00 pm: LUNCH (although lunch is not offered, there are many lunch options available in the area)

2.00-2.30 pm   Caroilin Callery, Strokestown Park House and Irish Heritage Trust . “Reflections on National Famine Way”

2.30 -3.00 pm:  Cathal Poirteir.“The National Folklore Collection in UCD & Famine Folklore”

3.00 – 3.30 pm: COFFEE

3:30-4:20 pm: Abdullah al Jaber. “A Refugee’s Journey from Syria to Dublin”.

Screening of Through Abdullah’s Eyes – Syrian Refugee’s Journey Through Europe (42 min)  

4.15-5.00 pm:  CLOSING PLENARY –  Round Table Discussion

The Inaugural National Famine Way Custom House Quay Festival is supported by Dublin City Council.