Poverty, famine and emigration have shaped much of Ireland’s history. Side by side with this are many stories of resilience and resistance. This virtual Zoom talk examines the factors that shaped Ireland and its diaspora in the 19th century. We will be joined by Professor Christine Kinealy who is the Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute in Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Our other speaker is Gerard Moran who is an emeritus researcher at the Social Science Research Centre at NUI Galway and has lectured in the History Department at NUI Galway and Maynooth University.
The event takes place at 1pm MST (8pm in Ireland). RSVP below to receive a Zoom link for the event.
Professor Christine Kinealy
Since completing her PhD at Trinity College in Dublin, Christine Kinealy has worked in educational and research institutes in Dublin, Belfast, England and, more recently, in the U.S. In September 2013, Professor Kinealy was appointed the founding Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Professor Kinealy has published extensively on modern Ireland, her books including the award-winning, This Great Calamity. The Great Famine in Ireland (1995 and 2007), Frederick Douglass and Ireland. In his own words (2018) and Black Abolitionists in Ireland (2020). In 2017, she received an Emmy for her contribution to the documentary, “The Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora.”
Gerard is an emeritus researcher at the Social Science Research Centre at NUI Galway and has lectured in the History Department at NUI Galway and Maynooth University. His research interests include the Irish diaspora and emigration, and he has published extensively on 19th-century Ireland, including Sending Out Ireland’s Poor: Assisted Emigration to North America in the Nineteenth Century (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2004), Fleeing from Famine in Connemara: James Hack Tuke and his Assisted Emigration Scheme in the 1880s (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2018) and joint editor of Mayo: History and Society (Dublin, Geography Publication, 2015) and Famines in Ireland before and after the Great Hunger (Hamden: Quinnipiac University Press, 2010).