Friday 6 May 2022

Black '47: a full day conference at the Irish Workhouse Centre

Marking its 175th anniversary, the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, County Galway is hosting its first of this year's annual conferences – Black '47 – on Saturday 21 May.

It's a full 9–5 affair, with a top-notch line-up of speakers, and comes with tea/coffee in the morning to set you up for the learning and discussions that follow, and lunch to keep the motors running.

Here's an overview of the programme:

  • 9am – 10am Registration / Tea/coffee and scones
  • 10am Official welcome
  • 10.30am Sending back Ireland’s Paupers: The repatriation of the Irish from Britain during the Great Hunger, with Dr Gerard Moran
  • 11.15am Tea/Coffee
  • 11.30am Patient Endurance: The Great Famine in Connemara, with Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill
  • 12.15pm ‘We won’t allow one grain of corn to leave the country’: Protest and resistance, 1846-’47, with Dr John Cunningham
  • 1pm-2pm Lunch
  • 2pm The Famine Irish in Toledo, Ohio: An Exploration of ‘Mutative Ethnicity’, with Dr Regina Donlon
  • 2.45pm Done to Death: The human skeletal Evidence of the Great Famine, with Dr Linda Lynch
  • 3.30pm Oral Accounts of Disease and Mortality in the Great Famine, with Dr Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh
  • 4.15pm – 5pm Open Panel

For fuller details of the speakers and their topics, download the conference brochure by clicking the image above.

The conference will be held at the Irish Workhouse Centre and costs €25 per delegate. It is part-funded by the Heritage Office, Galway County Council and supported by the Heritage Council and Galway Rural Development.