The Famine archive has significance beyond the island of Ireland, is a unique resource for leading famine scholars and offers potential research projects for scholars across the globe.

The Great Famine Archive at Strokestown Park is a world class collection. Document by document it tells the story of the estate and those who lived upon it. Among them are pleas of tenants for work, for aid and for clemency. Using the documents and objects from Strokestown as a basis for the interpretation, the Irish National Famine museum tells the story of the Irish Great Hunger; of eviction; migration, the assisted emigration scheme enacted by Major Denis Mahon of Strokestown Park and the story of his murder in November 1847. The gun that fired the fatal shot is also on display.

When Jim Callery bought Strokestown house in 1980 he chanced upon a document now called the Cloonahee Petition, a plea from starving tenants for employment on a local famine relief scheme. Realising the significance of the material, Jim, a native of Cloonahee townland, decided the house and archive must be saved. The National Famine museum was established at Strokestown Park in 1994.

Irish National Famine Museum

The Irish Heritage Trust has already worked on developing new exhibitions for the Irish National Famine Museum. The temporary exhibition ‘8 Independent Objects of the Irish Revolution’ for the year 2016 is formed of objects loaned by Jim Callery and members of the Strokestown Community. Further temporary exhibitions are planned for 2017 and beyond. Through academic partnership with Trinity College Dublin we produced Great Famine Voices which places documents form the archive online for public transcription. This is a project we hope to develop further in the coming years.

Visit the Irish National Famine Museum