Ciaran Reilly

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Prisoners on board the Neptune included Irish nationalist John Mitchell, who preached social revolution in Ireland during the Famine. He later became a proponent of slavery in America and supported the Confederate States  during the American Civil War. Photograph: Wikicommons

Towards the end of 1847, the worst year of the Great Irish Famine known as “Black 47”, an exhibition opened at the Rotunda in Dublin depicting the Bos(...)

Strokestown House: built by the Mahon family in the 1760s and now owned by Westward Garage Group

The owner of Strokestown House in Co Roscommon wants to see an international think tank located there, which, by learning lessons from the Irish Fam(...)

Famine walkers on the final few steps of their 155km Famine re-enactment walk from Roscommon to the Jeanie Johnston in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

As they began the 155 km Famine commemorative walk from Strokestown, Co Roscommon to Dublin last weekend, participants’ thoughts turned to migrants d(...)

Frank Hanly and Caroilin Callery at Strokestown Park prepare for Walking in the Footsteps of the Missing 1,490 – A Famine Emigrant’s Walk. Photograph: Brian Farrell

When Caroilin Callery was a teenager, her father Jim bought the 300-acre Strokestown estate in Co Roscommon from Olive Hales Pakenham.“It was as if th(...)

A Great Famine memorial in Dublin (above). When the coffin ships “rampant with cholera and typhus” arrived in Canada “the dead and living were huddled together”, and bodies were pulled from the ships with boat hooks, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told an audience which included 43 ambassadors , Government TDs, returned emigrants and up to 2,000 local people. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny this evening remembered those who died “slow starving deaths in the fields around here” as he led the National Famine Commemorati(...)