Sunday 22 October 2017

Descendants of famine emigrants flock to Maynooth

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The Tighe family will return to NUI Maynooth 167 after their ancestors set off in search of a better life.

The Third Annual International Famine Conference will be taking place this weekend, welcoming home descendants of famine families who emigrated from Ireland.

The Famine Irish: Emigration & new lives takes place at Strokestown Park House, Co. Roscommon will last from Friday and Saturday, commemorating the 1,400 people who left the Mahon estate for Canada in 1847.

Among those who left were Daniel Tighe, aged 12 and his sister Catherine, aged 8, who were adopted by a French-Canadian family in Quebec and Daniel's relatives will be the guests of honour this weekend.

Famine expert, Professor Christine Kinealy will be the keynote speaker at this weekend's festivities, while Tim O'Connor, Chairman of The Gathering 2013 will officially open the proceedings.

The conference will explore the lives of many who left Ireland during the Great Irish Famine and who settled in America, Canada, Britain, Australia and South Africa.

 “The Famine Conference will feature some of the world’s leading experts in terms of the Irish famine and emigration," said organiser, Dr Ciarán Reilly of NUI Maynooth's Department of History. "A special feature of the event will see us welcome back descendents of the Tighe family, which is especially appropriate in the year of the Gathering.

"During the course of the Great Famine more than a million people fled Ireland chiefly to Britain, Canada, the United States and Australia. Others scattered to mainland Europe, South America and South Africa and the Conference will hear some of the fascinating stories of the famine emigrants."

 

Bookings for the Conference can be made by contacting Strokestown Park House at  071-9633013.

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