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We’re really excited to have Professor Patrick Paul Walsh at the IFSS 2016

Professor Patrick Paul Walsh will be talking with Professor Mark McGowan about the migrant crisis of 1847 and the migrant crisis of 2016.

Here is Professor Walsh talking at a recent Tedx in Dublin.

Chance to visit ‘8 Independent Objects of the Irish Revolution’ at Strokestown

8 Independent Objects of the Irish Revolution LogoWhile you are at the Irish Famine Summer School we hope you will take the opportunity to visit our wonderful display of objects relating to the Irish revolutionary period. The exhibition was brought together in partnership with Strokestown Community Development Association and many local people have lent objects or made us aware of objects that help to tell the story of the Irish Revolution as it relates to Strokestown. 6 objects will be on display in the house, one in the library and one in the Hub Community Cafe. We are asking visitors to think about each object as it relates to a development on the road to Ireland’s independence and to vote for which they think was most significant to the success of the Irish Revolution.

The exhibition includes an original Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a letter from Michael Collins to Thomas Ashe, a Cumann na mBan jacket that belonged to a local activist, an ad for a Prisoners of War concert to happen in Strokestown on the 27th April 1916, a 1918 motorbike, a felling saw and gun used in local ambushes, and an autograph book with signatures from the Second Dail cabinet.

The ‘8 Independent Objects of the Irish Revolution’ exhibition will run from 28th March 2016 to the 30 September 2016 and a tour of the exhibition will be included as part of the Irish Famine Summer School.

Irish Famine Summer School and Conference Programmes Nearly Ready!

A Land League poster from the early 1880s

A Land League poster from the early 1880s

This we have an interesting mix of speakers at both the Summer School and Conference. At the Summer School we have talks on lives after the Great Famine, the use of the Famine in later political campaigns for land reform and Home Rule, and discussions of the Gaelic revival in sport and literature.

The conference begins with a discussion of the work of the Quakers, both in terms of Famine relief and other social reforms. There are then sessions on the impact of Irish emigrants abroad, agrarian agitation and the Land War, Fenianism, education and the return of emigrants during the revolutionary period, issues of memory and identity and a panel on the Famine in literature and film.

Book your place now for what promises to be a really engaging Summer School and Conference.