Great Famine Voices Roadshow

Famine Heroes Digital Events 2020

The National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park and the Irish Heritage Trust have launched the Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2020 “Famine Heroes” virtual events season of documentaries and online lectures from April 19 – May 31. 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.

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2020 “Famine Heroes” videos can be viewed below and on the Great Famine Voices website:

April 19: Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora (Christine Kinealy and Rebecca Abbott)

Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora explores the historical and socio-political circumstances leading to potato failure, mass starvation and death in Ireland, 1847-52. Narrated by actor Gabriel Byrne, the film includes famine scholars, descendants of famine survivors, emigrants to Quebec, and “Earl Grey” orphan women who emigrated to Australia.

April 26: The Famine Irish and Canada’s First Responders (Kevin Moynihan, Mark McGowan, Christine Kinealy)

A documentary exploring Canada’s compassion in welcoming the 109,000 Irish emigrants fleeing the Great Famine in 1847. This film visits Grosse Ile, Montreal and Toronto to understand how the memorials to the Irish Famine help to tell the story of courage and compassion on the part of Canada’s First Responders.

May 2: The Famine Irish in Liverpool Digital Symposium 

Short documentaries, online lectures, and online discussion about the Famine Irish in Liverpool by Greg Quiery and Roger Appleton featuring John O’Driscoll (Liverpool Great Hunger Commemoration Committee and National Famine Museum Strokestown Park), Professor Christine Kinealy and Professor Rebecca Abbott (Quinnipiac University), Professor John Belchem (University of Liverpool), and others. See all videos here

May 10: The Famine Irish Legacy in Buffalo, New York (William Jenkins)

An online lecture about the legacy of the Famine Irish in Buffalo by Professor William Jenkins (York University, Toronto).

May 17: National Famine Commemoration Day: Honouring Famine Heroes Online Discussion

An online discussion about Heroes of the Irish Famine hosted by the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park and Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University following the National Famine Commemoration Day Ceremony in Dublin.

May 24: Following in the Footsteps of Strokestown’s Famine Emigrants (Mark McGowan)

A documentary presented by Professor Mark McGowan who follows in the footsteps of emigrants from the Strokestown Park House estate of Major Denis Mahon, now home of the National Famine Museum. They were assisted to emigrate in 1847, but in reality had little choice. He follows in their footsteps along the National Famine Way walking trail on the banks of the Royal Canal to Dublin, and then on to Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site and the Niagara region in Canada.

May 31: The Story of the Choctaw Gift (LeAnne Howe, Christine Kinealy, Padraig Kirwan)

A documentary about the Choctaw donation for Irish Famine relief in 1847 shortly after the Choctaw people themselves were expelled from their traditional homelands and forced to embark on the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma. It features a musical performance of The Gift in the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park.  Professor LeAnne Howe (University of Georgia and member of the Choctaw Nation), Professor Christine Kinealy (Quinnipiac University), and Dr Padraig Kirwan (Goldsmiths, University of London) share this riveting story of compassion, indigenous cultural values of giving, reciprocity, and the musical performance of cultural memory.

For queries, or if you would like to contribute a family memory or story online, contact Dr Jason King at the Irish Heritage Trust: