The Irish Famine Summer School
The Irish Famine Summer School is an annual international conference run in association with our academic partners Quinnipiac University, Connecticut home of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute. Every year it alternates between Quinnipiac and Strokestown.
We welcome delegates from all over the world, along with undergraduates and leading interdisciplinary experts in the Irish Famine, who come together to share their knowledge and expertise, and to present and discuss their latest research.
The 2021 conference is titled ‘Landlords and Tenants, the good, the bad and the ugly’ and includes the story of one of the most notorious landlords during the Great Hunger, Major Denis Mahon, a previous owner of Strokestown Park House, who evicted many of his tenants from the estate and assisted 1,490 of them to emigrate in May 1847.
Some of the highlights of the Famine Summer School at Strokestown Park have included the “Roscommon Connects: Community Building Through Shared Storytelling” showcase by new immigrants to Ireland living in Ballaghadereen; the launch of the Great Famine Voices Roadshow website featuring Irish-Canadians and Irish-Americans sharing their family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America; and especially singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke in conversation with Professor Christine Kinealy when he performed songs from his award-winning album “Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine” in the library in Strokestown Park House. It was a poignant occasion to hear Declan sing about the Great Hunger in the home of the National Famine Museum.
We’re already making plans for future Summer Schools, so check here regularly for further updates.