Friday 29 September 2017

Workhouse, Famine & Emigration conference, 7 Oct

On Saturday 7 October, the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, Co Galway will be hosting a Workhouse, Famine, and Emigration conference. The programme for the day is below:

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9:30 am     Registration

9:45am     Welcome and Introduction, by Pierce Joyce. The conference is being chaired by Dr Christy Cunniffe who will share some of his own knowledge of 'relics int eh landscape' from this period.

10:10am    Exporting the 'permanent deadweight': emigration from the workhouse during The Famine, with Dr Gerard Moran.

11am         Tea/Coffee break

11:20am    Scariff Union Workhouse: fraught with fever, with Gerard Maddan.

12:10am    Counterprodutive: The Reproductive Loan Funds, with Steve Dolan.

1pm           Snack lunch

1:30pm      Tours of the Workhouse

2:30pm      Take care of the Emigrant Girls, with Dolores O'Shea.

3:20pm      Slow starvation: Why the workhouse system failed during the Great Famine, with Dr Christine Kinealy.

The conference is free and a light lunch will be provided; in lieu of a fee, attendees are requested to donate towards the development of a museum at the Irish Workhouse Centre.

Places are limited, so you need to book in advance by emailing or phoning 086 4070851.

Venue: Irish Workhouse Centre - Portumna, St. Bridget's Road, Portumna, Co. Galway.