Posted by: irishhungercomm | March 23, 2012

Symposium and Launch of ‘Le Typhus De 1847’/’The Typhus of 1847’,22nd March 2012

The virtual archive of ‘Le Typhus de 1847/The Typhus of 1847’ will be launched by Minister Deenihan, Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, at a symposium on Thursday, 22nd March in the University of Limerick.  The archive translates the French language annals and pays tribute to the French-Canadian Sisters of Charity, or Grey Nuns, who cared for the Irish Famine emigrants in the fever sheds of Montreal during the summer of 1847 and provided homes for Irish widows and orphans.  These annals contain extensive and highly evocative eyewitness accounts of the suffering of famine migrants in 1847.  The seminar is entitled ‘Famine Memory and the Irish Diaspora: Migrants, Remembrance, Performance’ and the programme is attached for information. All are welcome and if you would like to attend, you can reserve your place by contacting Dr Jason King via email at


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