Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University and

The National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park (Irish Heritage Trust)

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

Wednesday 1 June – Canal Walk remembering Irish and Ukranian Refugees.  

Farmington Canal Walk (Hamden), led by Professor Christine Kinealy. Meet at the canal entrance opposite Quinnipiac University, York Hill entrance.

Meet at 5.30 pm. Walk will be 5k – but feel free to do as much or little as you want.

If you cannot be with us in Hamden, consider doing a walk in your local area and send us a picture!  Please wear yellow and blue.

Afterwards, approximately 6.30 pm onward, we will meet in the back room of Micro Depot for light snacks and an informal talk about the origins of the National Famine Way – a 100 mile walk from Roscommon to Dublin, recreating the route taken by 1,490 famine refugees in 1847  – by two historians who helped to launch it in 2019.

Please register for the Micro portion of the event, as numbers are limited:


Thursday 2 June – Arnold Bernhard Library (ABL 218), Mount Carmel Campus, and  Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center, New Haven

9.30 am – Official welcome by Robert Joven, Chief Librarian at Quinnipiac; Professor Christine Kinealy, Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Foundation; Dr Jason King, Academic Coordinator, Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park.

9.45 – 10.45 am:  Panel on Ireland and Ukraine ‘The Past is not over’:

Professor Christine Kinealy, ‘Weaponizing famine: Ireland and Ukraine compared’.

Joseph McDonagh, ‘Imaging Famines in Ukraine and Ireland’.

Father Jordan Lenaghan, who has recently returned from Poland and Ukraine, will speak about his experiences.

10.45 – 11.00 am: – Break. Water and light snacks will be provided.

11.00 – 12.00 am: – Keynote Lecture by Dr Gerard Moran, Emeritus Professor, Galway University: ‘Sending Back Ireland’s Paupers: The Repatriation of the Irish from Britain during the Great Hunger’.

12.00 – 12.45 pm: – Treasures of Quinnipiac’s Irish Collection (ABL 201). – and/or tour of Oscar Wilde Exhibition (Lender Room). Robert Young and Professor Christine Kinealy

12-45 – 1.30 pm:  Lunch – bring your own or café is open on campus

1.30 – 2.30 pm: Keynote Lecture and Screening by Dr Jason King, Academic Coordinator, Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park: Great Famine Voices and screening, The National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park and The Famine Irish in Chicago.

2.30 pm – Make your own way to Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center, New Haven.

3.30 – 4.30 pm: Keynote lecture by Kirk Prichard, Vice President of Programs for Concern U.S.: Nothing Kills Like Hunger.

Kirk is responsible for Concern’s U.S. funded programs and policy, a portfolio totalling more than $60 million USD, that is operative in over 18 countries, reaching over 8 million persons.

4.30 – 5.30 pm:  Reception hosted by the Pilgrimage Center. This is also an opportunity to tour the Museum.

6.00 pm: Event ends.  Dinner on your own in New Haven.


Friday, 3 June: Assembly Room, Centre for Religion at Quinnipiac

10.00 to 12.00. Heroes of Ireland’s Great Hunger ROUNDTABLE.

Confirmed Contributors include: Rebecca Abbott (Dr Charles Strutt and the orphan emigration scheme to Australia); Professor Christine Kinealy (William Rathbone V, a philanthropist from Liverpool); Dr Jason King (Stephen De Vere, eye-witness to Canadian emigration); Dr Maureen Murphy (Asenath Nicholson, an American eye-witness); Dr Gerard Moran (Sir Robert and Lady Caroline Gore Booth of Lissadell); Peter Murphy (Jewish Donations); Sandy O’Hare (Lady Sligo of Westport House); Dr Catherine Shannon (Patrick Donahoe of the Boston Pilot).  Moderated by Kirk Prichard.

12.00– 1.00 pm: Book Launch (Heroes of Ireland’s Great Hunger and More Heroes of Ireland’s Great Hunger) and Reception.

 1.00 pm: Conference ends.  Slán abhaile


Accommodation: for people coming from out of town, we recommend you stay at the Clarion Hotel on Whitney Avenue, which is offering a special Quinnipiac rate and includes breakfast.  They also have a swimming pool and are pet friendly:

Thank You to:  The Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center in New Haven, The Centre for Religion at Quinnipiac, and the Emigrant Support Programme (Ireland), Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac for sponsoring parts of this conference.