Annual Famine Commemoration Events
Understanding the Impact of the Great Famine in Ulster
21 September - 25 September, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
A five day history course with Dr Gerard MacAtasney. The course aims to address the misconception that Ulster was immune to one of the greatest human disasters of the 19th century.
Monday 21 Pre-Famine
Tuesday 22 The First Blight 1845-46
Wednesday 23 An Drochshaol 1846-47
Thursday 24 The Poor Law Extension Act
Friday 25 Consequences, Emigration and Mortality
The Great Famine and the Irish Language
Tuesday 22 September, 7.30pm
A talk by Dr Fionntán DeBrun. The Great Famine is generally regarded as having dramatically precipitated the decline of the Irish language. This talk will consider this linguistic landscape as part of an examination of how Irish speakers reacted to the crises as it unfolded. How did poets and scribes describe the situation as it appeared to them? How useful is the oral testimony of survivors as this was passed down to us after the catastrophe?
Irish Migration: The Famine and After
29 September - 1 October, 3.00pm - 5.00pm
A short history course with
Dr Grainne McEvoy.
An Overview of Irish Migration - Placing
the Famine Migrants in Context
Work, Play and Prayer - Daily Life in the
In the Shadow of Exile - Political Life in the Irish Diaspora and the Legacy of the Famine
Events take place at Newry and Mourne Museum at Bagenal’s Castle
All events are FREE of charge, but pre-booking is advisable.
To book or for more information
T: 028 3031 3178
Saturday 26 September
Annual Famine Commemoration Ceremony
The official ceremony will include community-led events such as music recitals, poetry readings and historical reflections. Albert Basin, Newry. Gates open from 12.30pm Everyone welcome.Back