“Irish Need Not Apply. Retracing the Footsteps of Our Irish Ancestors”
Presented by Dr. Christine Kinealy
Sunday, October 27, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
The 24th in a Series on Irish History Lectures
Dr. Kinealy was educated at Trinity College Dublin. She is an author and authority on Irish History. She is the founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. Dr. Kinealy is considered “one of the most influential Irish Americans” (Irish American Magazine, 2011).
Since the 18th century, emigration has been part of the life-cycle in Ireland, with each generation witnessing thousands of their friends and family members leaving the land of their birth, the vast majority never to return.
Although emigration from Ireland was always high, it peaked during the tragic years of the Great Hunger and its immediate aftermath. But the Great Hunger of the 1840s was simply the most lethal of a number of subsistence crisis and local famines that visited Ireland throughout the 19th century. Each one resulted in a fresh wave of emigration, with over 80 per cent of the emigrants choosing North America as their new home.
The lecture, which is being presented by Dr. Christine Kinealy, will examine the push and pull factors that led people to leave Ireland and will explore the multiple challenges that they faced if they did emigrate. These challenges included death on route, or deportation upon arrival, and prejudice summed up in the adage, ‘Irish Need Not Apply’.
Brief reference will also be made to the 1,490 people who, in Black ’47, were sent from their homes in Roscommon to Canada; 600 did not survive the journey. In May 2019, a 100-mile commemorative walk, recreating their journey from Roscommon to Dublin, was carried out in their honour.
Where appropriate, the presentation will be accompanied by a selection of emigration songs.
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