Deplorable Accident on the Royal Canal

On the final day of the walk, the walkers passed the spot at Clonsilla bridge where sixteen people lost their lives at the onset of the Famine when the Dublin to Longford passenger boat capsized on 25 November, 1845. This deplorable accident and inquest are described in the Cork Examiner and...

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Christine Kinealy: The Famine Queen at Carton House

Tenants in Costume Perform for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Carton House On the fifth day of the walk, the walkers toured the Carton House estate of Lord Leinster near Maynooth, where the “Famine Queen” Victoria and Prince Albert visited in 1849. Professor Christine Kinealy, founding Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, writes about Queen Victoria’s visit to Carton House. Queen Victoria remains a controversial figure for her role during the Great Famine. The widespread belief that she made no financial contribution to assist her starving subjects in Ireland meant that she is widely remembered as...

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The Strokestown Park Famine Archive and New Research

Dr Ciarán Reilly is the leading expert on the Strokestown Park Archive and one of the most distinguished scholars in the field.  His book Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine (Four Courts, 2014) combines incisive analysis of the records in the archive with high quality reproductions of some of its most important documents. Ciaran Reilly’s book Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine is: ‘The most in-depth study of the effects of the Famine on a landed estate and its community … With the help of this book, we are brought deep inside the actuality of life during the Famine...

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The Strokestown Park Famine Archive and the 1,490

The story of the 1490 is one that has been reconstructed from the treasure trove of documents found in the Strokestown Park Archive. An extract from the Cloonahee Petition, 1846, Strokestown Park Archive. The leading scholars in the field attest to its significance: The archive is one of the largest collections of famine documents in the world ……….most of these documents have not seen the light of day since they were generated almost 170 years ago’ Dr Ciaran Reilly, Maynooth University, Ireland ‘The Strokestown Park Archive represents a jewel in famine studies, and one that has great significance beyond Roscommon...

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Mullingar Famine Graveyard

The Famine walkers began the fourth day of their journey at the Robinstown famine graveyard in Mullingar. http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=WM&regno=15309019 Description: Former union workhouse graveyard on irregular plan, used between c.1840 and c.1860. Now out of use. Cut stone gateway to the southwest side having a pair of wrought-iron gates. Located to the north of the former Mullingar Union Workhouse complex and to the north of Mullingar. This graveyard largely contains the marked and unmarked graves of victims of the Great Famine (1845-9) and acts as a poignant reminder of this traumatic event in Irish history. The good quality cut stone...

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