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

In 2017 the Summer School took place at Quinnipiac titled ‘Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland’. The 2018 Irish Famine Summer School took place from 20th – 24th June at Strokestown Park. The theme was ‘Irish Journeys: Famine Legacies and Reconnecting Communities’. Strokestown Park House and the National Famine Museum provide a hub for visitors and scholars to experience a uniquely preserved historic house and explore the lives of rich and poor in their original setting.

The 2018 Summer School considered the Great Irish Famine and its legacies of dispersing communities between Ireland, Great Britain, North America, and Australia. Particular emphasis was placed on the theme of Irish journeys at home and abroad, including the experiences of Irish emigrants and their descendants in building communities and becoming integrated into their host societies. The topics of homecoming, revisiting Ireland, and reconnecting communities between Irish and diasporic locations were central themes.

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