Posted by: irishhungercomm | April 21, 2015

Inaugural Irish Famine Summer School

We would like to invite you to join the
Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht,
Heather Humphreys, T.D.
for the
Dublin Launch of the  Official Programme of the Inaugural Irish Famine Summer School
Wednesday 22nd April  –  4 pm
Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship,
Custom House Quay, I.F.S.C, Dublin 1
at which Cathal Poirteir (Broadcaster) will also speak
In between the Strokestown and Dublin Launches a small group of Strokestown natives will spend five days  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of the Missing 1,490 – A Famine Emigrant’s Walk’ from Strokestown to Dublin embarking on the Jeanie Johnston on Wednesday 22nd for the Dublin Launch.
full details of the Summer School
R.S.V.P  – Wednesday 15th April –

Who were the Missing 1490? – Michael Blanch tells us:

There was a land clearance assisted passage by the landlord of Strokestown, Mahon.

The 1490 people were marched from Strokestown to Dublin and then on to Liverpool for emigration to Canada.

An agent went all the way to Liverpool and made sure they got on the coffin ships they were in an awful condition, when he got back he reported everything went well they went quietly.

The names of these 1490 people were part of the 2014 NFMD in Strokestown when the Taoseach unveiled a wall in their memory with their names on it.  The school children read out their names at the Strokestown Commemoration last year.

The walk to Dublin is being recreated starting on Saturday and finishing Wedensday on the JJ Famine ship. Minister Humpherys will greet them on the JJ on Wedensday.

Michael Og is on the walk and I will do the last leg Maynooth to Dublin.

Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine by Ciaran Reilly is a new book for this info.

More News:
The US Ambassador opened a Famine exhibition in Westport house yesterday, the Canadian Ambassador is launching the Strokestown Famine Conference and walk on Friday and the Australian Ambassador is launching a Famine event in Carrickmacross Workhouse from the 9th-10th May 2015, from silence to the hunger story and truth finally emerging this is only the start. Ulster will realise they suffered as much as the rest of the country when the Commemoration is in Newry on the 26th September 2015.

Anthony is holding a Commemoration on the 10th May 2015 at the Marker in Newry “An Gorta Mor” (Second Sunday in May) NFMD.

Michael, Olivia, Michael Og.


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