Strokestown Park WWD

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

Strokestown Park & The National Famine Museum  is recognised as a place of international significance in terms of Famine, diaspora, Irish history, rural regeneration and community development. The rich collections also make it of real academic interest.

In Spring 2022, the new, state-of-the-art National Famine Museum and Visitor Centre will be launched, and we will be delighted to welcome you to visit the museum and Palladian House at Strokestown Park once again.

The Irish Famine Summer School is an annual international conference allowing delegates to engage with some of the world’s leading interdisciplinary experts in the Irish Famine. By gathering some of the world’s leading historic Famine scholars, it benefits the local communities and brings the town of Strokestown to life. The Summer School is run in association with our academic partners Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, home of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute and alternates each year between Quinnipiac and Strokestown Park.

The National Famine Way is a digitally waymarked 155km trail that connects the National Famine Museum in Strokestown Park, Co. Roscommon, with Rowan Gillespie’s Famine memorial on Custom House Quay in Dublin along the banks of the Royal Canal. It allows walkers to follow in the footsteps of the 1,490 tenants who were forced to emigrate from Strokestown to Canada on some of the worst of the coffin ships during the summer of 1847. Their story and the route of the National Famine Way can be found at

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow  is a series of open house events in the United States and Canada that brings together Irish emigrants, their descendants, and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America, especially during the period of the Great Hunger and afterwards.  Learn more here.

Strokestown Library