On Saturday 26 September the National Famine Commemoration took place in Newry, County Down. As part of the Famine Commemoration, an international conference on the the theme of “John Mitchel: The Legacy of the Great Irish Famine” was organized by Anthony Russell, Tommy Fegan, and Paddy Fitzgerald. This is the first time the event will be held in Northern Ireland and follows on from a successful hosting in Strokestown, county Roscommon in May 2014.
Full details of the conference programme below:
Wednesday 23 Sept 7.00pm Official Opening of the Conference 7.00pm A Hedge School Event Ulster and the Legacy of the Great Famine Chair: Tommy Graham (History Ireland) Panellists: Professor Mary Daly, Professor Christine Kinealy, Professor Peter Gray and Dr Ruan O’Donnell
Thursday 24 Sept
10.00am Anthony Russell, Mitchel’s Town and The Famine in Two Ulsters
10:45am Professor William Smyth – Reflecting on the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine
11:15am Dr James Quinn – John Mitchel, the Irish Peasant and the American Slave
2.00pm Pechakuchas – 7 Presenters, 7 Slides, 7 Topics in 7 Minutes 1. Slavery, A Biblical Perspective – Nigel Agnew 2. Seven Famines – Dr Paddy Fitzgerald 3. Belfast Famine– Eamon Phoenix 4. Newry Workhouse – Hugh McShane 5. Famine Commemoration– Michael Blanch 6. A Famine Family – Lynn McAreavey 7. Strokestown – John O’Driscoll
Friday 25 September
10.00am Christine Kinealy, The wee-men of Belfast. Female Philanthropy and the Great Famine
10.45 am Dr Laurence Geary, The Great Famine and Medicine 11:15am
Cathal Porteir, What folklore can tell us about the Great Famine that the documents cannot
11.45 am Dr Jason King, Irish Famine migration to Montreal, Toronto and New Brunswick
2:00pm Dr Ciarán Reilly – ‘Famine has made sad savages among its poor’: the world of the Ulster cottier in the 1840s.
2.30pm Dr John Nelson – Like Father, Unlike Son: The Rev. John Mitchel
3.00pm Cormac O’Grada – Eating People is wrong:Thoughts on Famine
3:30pm Reflections on the Conference – Professor Christine Kinealy
Saturday 26 September
10am ‘The Famine Plot – A discussion on the Great Famine and Culpability’ Chair: Robert Kearns – Ireland Park Toronto; Panellists: Tim Pat Coogan, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Professor Liam Kennedy, Brian Patterson.