Posted by: irishhungercomm | January 1, 2012

Launch of Famine Commemoration Events

Launch of Famine Commemoration Events

Ulster Canal Stores, Clones

Monday 29 August – Dé Luain 29 Lúnasa – 7.30 p.m.

The Famine in Ulster: Revising the Revisionists

Talk by Dr Gerard MacAtasney

Dr Gerard MacAtasney received his doctorate from the University of Liverpool for a thesis entitled ‘Poverty, Poor Law and Famine in County Armagh, 1838-52’. He has written many books on the Famine, including “This Dreadful Visitation”: The Famine in Lurgan/Portadown, The Hidden Famine: Hunger, Poverty and Sectarianism in Belfast co written with Christine Kinealy. He is currently editing the letters of Thomas J Clarke to be published by Irish Academic Press in 2012.

Famine in Clones Poor Law Union

Talk by: Brian Mac Domhnaill

In this talk, Brian Mac Domhnaill will explain why Clones was chosen as the location for the commemoration of the Famine period in Ulster, revisiting some of the contem porary documentation that illustrates the devastating impact of the catastrophe on communities in west Monaghan and south east Fermanagh. Author of a wide range of historical articles and books, including A Time of Desolation, Clones Poor Law Union 1845 1851, Brian is currently President of Clogher Historical Society/Cumann Seanchais Chlochair. As director of the Clogher Historical Society’s New Millennium Project between 1997 and 2001, he co ordinated research into Famine documentation across Counties Monaghan, Fermanagh and South Tyrone, publishing this in two volumes of the Society’s annual journal The Clogher Record 2000 & 2001.

This talk is part of the National Famine Commemoration 2011. Please contact The Cassandra Hand Centre, Clones, County Monaghan, for details on any of the events in the Famine programme – or telephone 047 52997.

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  1. How do i organize a commemoration in Lurgan, as Dr McAtasney has revealed Shankill Lurgan had the highest percentage of burials during the worst years of the famine, would anyone have contact details for Dr McAtasney. futhermore we are presently restoring the Dougher Cemetery which was close to a Auxiliary workhouse and would possible have receieved fever burials

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