A unique education initiative that sees the world’s leading historic Famine scholars gather at Strokestown to explore and share new aspects of famine research.

The Irish Famine Summer School brings the town of Strokestown to life and is run in association with our academic partners Quinnipiac University, Connecticut.

The Irish Famine Summer School has been praised by scholars for many things, the quality of the papers, the authenticity of the setting, the informality that allows for such lively conversation between attendees, and the range of peripheral events that add a real richness to the programme. As the Summer School takes place a lively heritage town, there is plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy the local nightlife, even to share a pint and an idea with a world expert or two! The Summer School not only brings many scholars and enthusiasts together, it also brings great benefit to Strokestown by filling its hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and pubs.

Irish Famine school project

From 2017 the Irish Famine School is alternating between Strokestown and Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. In 2017 the Summer School took place at Quinnipiac titled ‘Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland’.

The 2018 Irish Famine Summer School will take place from 20th – 24th June at Strokestown Park. The theme is ‘Irish Journeys: Famine Legacies and Reconnecting Communities’.  Click here for more information.

Irish Famine school conference

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