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Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute

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Through a program of lectures, conferences, courses, and publications, Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute offers a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of the Irish Famine, also known as “An Gorta Mor.” The Institute also fosters an appreciation for Irish culture and history.

What We Do

To encourage original scholarship and meaningful engagement, the institute develops and makes available the Great Hunger Collection, a unique array of primary, secondary and cultural sources, to students and scholars. In educating people of all ages and backgrounds about the Great Hunger, the institute also supports the mission of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum.

Featured Event

Frederick Douglass Remembered

Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute will launch a yearlong exhibition, entitled Frederick Douglass in Ireland: “The Black O’Connell,” that focuses on the time Douglass spent in Ireland from 1845-1846. The exhibition will open to the public in the Lender Special Collection Room at the Arnold Bernhard Library on the Mount Carmel Campus on February 2, 2018. The exhibition is part of a series of events celebrating the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth and his many achievements. For more information, please visit our Frederick Douglass Remembered event page.

About the Director

Christine Kinealy is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she completed her doctorate on the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland. She then worked in educational and research institutes in Dublin, Belfast and Liverpool.

She has published extensively on the impact of the Great Irish Famine and has lectured on the relationship between poverty and famine in India, Spain, Canada, France, Finland and New Zealand. She also has spoken to invited audiences in the British Parliament and in the U.S. Congress.

Portrait of Christine Kinealy, Director of the Institute.

Based in the United States since 2007, she was named one of the most influential Irish Americans in 2011 by "Irish America" Magazine. In 2013, she received the Holyoke, Mass. St. Patrick's Day Parade's Ambassador Award. In March 2014, she was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.

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