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PROGRAMME OF 2016 CONFERENCE

Our Call for Papers for the 2017 conference in Quinnipiac has a deadline of the 31st January. Please find the Great Hunger & Children CFP.

We will be sharing programme details of the 2017 conference in late spring. 

TUESDAY 14th JUNE

CONFERENCE LAUNCH AT THE PERCY FRENCH HOTEL

8.00pm

Launch by Cormac O’Grada 

8.30pm

Mark McGowan – The Missing 1490 Update

8.45pm

Owen Conlan – Great Famine Voices Update

WEDNESDAY 15th JUNE

IRISH FAMINE SUMMER SCHOOL DAY 1: Land War

8.30-9.15 am

9.30am

Summer School Registration in the Woodland Restaurant

Perry McIntyre and Richard Reid ‘John Tighe – a Sligo Convict’s Story’

10.30am

COFFEE

11.00am

Andrew Newby “Fighting together as at Bannockburn and Clontarf' Irish Radicals and the Land War’s Extension into Scotland'

12.00pm

1.00pm

Frank Rynne 'The Great Famine in Nationalist and Land League propaganda.'

LUNCH

2.30pm

Bus trip to Boyle Abbey and King House - €15 Please email danielle@irishheritagetrust.ie to reserve a place on this trip as there are limited spaces available. Bus departs from in front of Strokestown Park House.

2.00-3.30pm

6.00pm

Local craft display in the Percy French Hotel

Launch of the Graphic Novel 'The Bad Times. An Drochshaol' by Christine Kinealy and John Walsh at Strokestown Public Library

8.00pm

Music in Local Pub

THURSDAY 16th JUNE

IRISH FAMINE SUMMER SCHOOL DAY 2: Cultural Re-awakening

8.30-9.15 am

9.30am

Summer School Registration in the Woodland Restaurant

Richard McElligot 'Players, Poets, Patriots? The GAA in Pre-Revolution Ireland, 1900-1916.’

10.30am

COFFEE

11.00am

Kelly FitzGerald 'Béal Beo; the living tradition and the language revival'

12.00pm

1.00pm

Judith Hill ‘Finding a Voice: What was the inspiration for the folklore, mythology and playwriting that Lady Gregory began to write in 1899–1903’ 

LUNCH

1.30-3.00pm

Costumed Croquet Display in the Edwardian Pleasure Grounds

2.30pm

Open view & Curator's tour of '8 Independent Objects of the Irish Revolution' exhibition followed by an ‘in-conversation’ between Mark McGowan and Christine Kinealy about the twin impacts of WWI and 1916 in the Library. Please assemble for this event in front of the Woodland Restaurant.

2.30pm

Genealogy Centre Workshop - Please email Mary Skelly info@roscommonroots.com to reserve a place at this workshop. 

8.00pm

Documentary Screening “Ireland’s Great Hunger and The Irish Diaspora” followed by a discussion by the documentary director Professor Rebecca Abbott in the Library at Strokestown Park House. Please come to the front door of the house for this event. 

9.00pm

Music in Local Pub

FRIDAY 17th JUNE

IRISH FAMINE SUMMER SCHOOL DAY 3: Towards Independence

8.30-9.15 am

9.30am

Summer School Registration in the Woodland Restaurant

Christine Kinealy “Politicizing the Great Famine – How Parnell used the Famine as a way of increasing support for her political programme”

10.30am

COFFEE

11.00am

Mark McGowan “The Diaspora and their conflicted visions of Ireland 1912-1922”

12.00pm

1.00pm

Piaras MacEinri 'Post-victimhood: how is the legacy of the Famine still relevant?'

LUNCH

2.30pm

Bus trip to Carrick-on-Shannon Workhouse and Elphin Windmill -  €15 Please email danielle@irishheritagetrust.ie to reserve a place on this trip as there are limited spaces available. Bus departs from in front of Strokestown Park House. 

6.30pm

Launch of The Famine Irish: Emigration and the Great Hunger, the proceedings of the 2013 Strokestown Famine Conference edited by Dr Ciaran Reilly at the Woodland Restaurant. 

8.00pm

THEATRE PERFORMANCE AT STROKESTOWN COURTHOUSE

The Trial of Charles Trevelyan 

SATURDAY 18th JUNE

ANNUAL NATIONAL FAMINE CONFERENCE DAY 1

8.30am

Conference Registration in the Woodland Restaurant

9.15am

Session 1: The Quakers & The Famine: Relief, Reform, Release

Andrew Newby: ‘‘Acting in their appropriate and wanted sphere’ The Society of Friends and Famine Relief in Ireland and Finland, 1845-1857.’
Rob Goodbody: ‘Jonathan Pim and the Land Question.’
Kathleen Villiers-Tuhill: ‘Loyalty and Starvation are Not Compatible.’

10.45am

COFFEE

11.15am

Session 2a: New Lives: Transportation, Emigration, Diaspora - The Americas

Jarlath MacNamara: ‘A Haven of Hope from Famine to Freedom – The Success of Patrick. S. Gilmore in America.’
María Euginia Cruset: ‘The Political Actions of the Irish in Argentina.’

Session 2b: New Lives: Transportation, Emigration, Diaspora: The Australias

Joan Kavanagh: ‘Crime and Freedom – Transportation as a Means to Freedom.’
Perry McIntyre: ‘A Free Ride from Destitution’

12.15pm

Session 3: Land War

Brian Casey: ‘An organisation to ‘beget the Land League’: The Ballinasloe Tenant Defence Association, 1876-79.’
Fiona White: ‘Moore Hall, Co. Mayo and The Land War.’
Lawrence Geary: ‘‘Agrarian Secret Societies and the Land War in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland.’

1.45pm

LUNCH

2.00pm

Ireland European Cup Match above the Woodland Restaurant

2.45pm

Great Famine Voices Demo

4.00pm

Session 4: The Fenians and 1916

Michael Blanch ‘The Tricolour from Young Ireland to the GPO.’
Questions and discussion to follow

5.00pm

DAY ENDS

8.00pm

CONFERENCE  DINNER - Click Here to Book

9.00 pm

KEYNOTE: Myles Dungan 'The Height of Impudence': Punch and Ireland 1841-91.’

SUNDAY 19th JUNE

ANNUAL NATIONAL FAMINE CONFERENCE DAY 2

9.00am

Conference Registration in the Woodland Restaurant

9.30am

Session 5: Emigration, Education, Radicalisation and Social Change

Sarah Hillas: ‘Patterns of Inheritance and Superior Educational Attainment in Rural Ireland, 1861-1918.’
Regina Donlon: ‘‘To visit my mother (?)’: Returning to Co Roscommon during the Revolution Era, 1916-1923.’

10.30am

COFFEE

10.45am

Session 6: Negotiating and Interpreting Identity and Memory

Gareth Jenkins: ‘‘Group Religious Identity and a Question of 'Britishness': Belfast and Liverpool as Contrasting Case Studies of
Political Intervention, 1880-1922.’
Richard Reid: ‘The ‘diaspora’ on display – the 2011 National Museum of Australia’s ‘Not Just Ned’ exhibition.’
Elisia Di Franco: ‘Living Present: Great Famine representation in contemporary Ireland and Irish Foreign policy.’

12.15pm

LUNCH

1.00pm

Session 7a: The Famine in Literature and Film - The 19th Century

Anne O’Leary: ‘Imagery of the Great Famine in the Literature of the Irish Literary Revival.’
Matthew Skwiat: ‘Jane Elgee’s Poetry and the Irish Literary Revival.’

Session 7b: The Famine in Literature and Film - The 20th Century

Bryce Evans: 'The Greatest Famine Film Never Made.'
José-Luis Llamas Álvarez: ‘Life in a pre-Famine Donegal hedge school community as represented in Friel´s Translations: historical fact or dramatic fiction?’

2.00pm

COFFEE

2.30pm

Crisis, Relief and Migration - Past and Present Perspectives

Keynote Lecture: Catherine B. Shannon, Emerita Professor of History, Westfield State University “The Voyage of the USS Jamestown, 1847”

3.30pm

4.30pm

What Happened to the Missing 1490? A project update from Professor Mark McGowan and University of Toronto students Pamela Smofsky, Chiara Fallone and Jessica Bush. 

In conversation about the migrant crisis – 1847 and 2016 – Paul Walsh and Mark McGowan

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