Friday, 30 September 2016

Irish Famine Eviction Project: research help wanted
An interesting study – The Irish Famine Eviction Project – is underway to document evidence of evictions during the Great Irish Famine.

It's being co-ordinated by Dr Ciaran Reilly, author of several books on this period of history, who has created a dedicated website to pin-point the famine eviction sites and to record information and background stories about the people displaced and involved in the evictions.

More than 400 sites have already been identified and their locations fixed on a map, which can be viewed here.

The Project is now reaching out to researchers to ask them to submit any information of evictions, locations and local folklore. This could be additional information relating to an eviction already identified, or details of a new, as-yet-unidentified eviction. Details of how to submit information can be found on the site.

This collaborative phase of the project is being sponsored by Irish Newspaper Archives, in whose online database of historical newspapers many facts and details about evictions can be found. To assist researchers in helping the Irish Famine Eviction Project, INA is offering a 30% discount on its monthly and annual membership subscriptions.

To take up the offer, go to the Irish Newspaper Archives subscription page, choose your preferred package, and, when prompted, use the discount coupon code IFP30. Offer expires 31 October.

(The Irish Famine Eviction Project and Offaly Historical Society will be hosting a morning seminar at Offaly History Centre in Tullamore on Saturday 8 October. Details (Word doc).)