Irish Famine Summer School

The inaugural Irish Famine Summer School was held recently, 17-21 June, at Strokestown Park House in county Roscommon. This five day summer school and conference brought together some of the leading academics and local historians writing and researching the Great Irish Famine.

The academic programme for the week was organised by Dr Ciarán Reilly, Research Fellow at the CSHIHE. This impressive programme included forty-three speakers in total.

The Summer School panels included Dr Jonny Geber, UCC; Professor Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University; Dr Perry McIntyre, Chair of the Australian Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee; Professor Mark McGowan, University of Toronto; Dr Patrick Fitzgerald, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies; Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald, UCD; Dr Ciarán Reilly, Maynooth University; Professor Marguérite Corporaal, Radboud University, Nijmegen and Dr Jason King, National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr Reilly delivered a lecture on ‘How people survived the Great Famine’ which was based on his research into the Joly estate in county Offaly.

In addition, over thirty papers were delivered at the 4th International Famine Conference which concluded the proceedings of the Summer School. The keynote lectures at the conference were delivered by Professor Peter Gray (QUB) and Tom Arnold (Director General, The Institute of International and European Affairs).