Strokestown Park and the Irish National Famine Museum is a unique heritage asset of international importance which has been cared for in private ownership over the last three decades.

In 2015, the Irish Heritage Trust took over the property with the help of private philanthropic support to help care for the property and develop a new financially sustainable operation.

The house is a grand Palladian Mansion, designed by Richard Castle in the 1730s, with fine state rooms, an original galleried kitchen and vaulted stables. Over the coming years, through major funding programmes and partnerships, we aim to work to enhance the visitor experience at Strokestown and to sensitively conserve and restore Strokestown Park House and gardens.

We are already working on bringing the House and community together with many people joining our new volunteering programme. Successful events such as the Plant Fair and Family Fete are bringing new audiences to the house and gardens.

Strokestown is recognised as a place of international significance in terms of Famine, diaspora, Irish history, rural regeneration and community development. The rich collections at Strokestown also make it of real academic interest. The house has hosted the Irish Famine Summer School and Annual International Famine Conference. Recently we signed an agreement of academic co-operation with the Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University which will see the Famine Summer School alternate between Strokestown and Quinnipiac annually. The Irish Heritage Trust team is privileged and excited to be part of Strokestown’s future.

Strokestown Library

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