Strokestown Park, a place of great beauty and a partaker in a national tragedy, which is considered the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe.

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National Famine Museum

Considered the single greatest social disaster of 19th century Europe, the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s decimated the island of Ireland, when in excess of two million people, almost one-quarter of the entire population, either died or emigrated.

The National Famine Museum at Strokestown tells the story of this tragic chapter of Irish history through the words and stories of the very people who experienced it, while drawing parallels with contemporary famine events.
The new, state-of-the-art National Famine Museum will open at Strokestown Park in 2022. Funded by Fáilte Ireland, Westward Holdings Ltd, in partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust, the Museum will showcase material from the Archive and will interpret the story of the Great Irish Famine in Ireland for a whole new generation of visitors and researchers.  

Famine Summer School

29th May 2021 (online)

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 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.

Singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke performed songs from his latest album “Chronicles of the Great Famine” as part of his conversation with Professor Christine Kinealy of Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, at The Irish Famine Summer School, at Strokestown Park, Roscommon.
 More info http://www.strokestownpark.ie/singer-songwriter-declan-orourke-performs-at-famine-summer-school/ 
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Great Famine Voices Roadshow

Great Famine Voices

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow comprises “Famine Heroes” short films, virtual gatherings and open house events that bring together Irish emigrants, their descendants, and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America and Great Britain, especially during the period of the Great Hunger and afterwards. 

These “Famine Heroes” virtual events provide uplifting stories about coping with epidemic and pay tribute to caregivers, both in the mid-nineteenth century and today. They are funded by the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme.


National Famine Way

Follow in the footsteps of 1,490 men, women and children who walked ahead of you in 1847, as you start your journey along the National Famine Way, a new self-guided historic trail including a Passport/Guide and OSI Map. This is an accredited self-guided 165km Trail from Strokestown Park, Co. Roscommon through six counties to the Quays in Dublin.
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Strokestown Famine Archive

Strokestown Famine Archive

The Strokestown Park Archive is a complete record of economic, social and estate history over a 300-year period, related to the 19th and 20th century and gives a real insight into life on one of Ireland’s great estates. Considered to be of national and international importance, the Archive contains thousands of documents related to the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s.

"The Strokestown Archive is moving quickly to becoming not only a repository of vital importance to historians of the Great Hunger and the Irish estate system, but also a very user-friendly facility. It is a welcoming research environment for scholars across the globe."

Dr. Mark G McGowan, Professor of History, University of Toronto, Canada.
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