The Irish Famine Summer School

The 2022 conference is titled ‘Heroes of Black ’47.’ It will be held at Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University on 1-3 June 2022. The keynote speakers include Professor Christine Kinealy (Quinnipiac University), Dr Gerard Moran (NUI Galway), Kirk Prichard (Concern Worldwide) and Dr Jason King (Irish Heritage Trust).

See the Famine Summer School Programme here.

All events are free – but donations on behalf of Ukraine are welcome. Please register with:



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.

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.