For anyone in Ireland or visiting in February , please note the following seminar on Emigration in the Famine .

Seminar on Irish Emigration in the 19th Century

Edenderry Historical Society in county Offaly will host a seminar on Irish Emigration in the 19th century on 13 February 2015. Taking place in the Town Hall, the event will focus on ‘Where did they all go? Irish emigration in the nineteenth century and will feature Damian Sheils, Fidelma Byrne, Jarlath McNamara, Regina Donlon and Ciaran Reilly. Admission is €10 and while booking is not essential, it is advised, as places are filling up very quickly.

The full line-up is:

7pm Welcome by Cherry Carter, chairperson of Edenderry Historical Society

7.05 pm Dr Ciarán Reilly, The Irish in South Africa: A miscellany

35 Dr Regina Donlon – ‘We are all well and fat': the Tuke Irish in Minnesota, 1880-1930

8.05- 8.25 Tea & Coffee

8.25 Damian Sheils, In Search of Irish Emigrants in the American Civil War

8.55 pm: Fidelma Byrne, Fleeing famine: assisted-emigration from Earl Fitzwilliam’s estate in County Wicklow

9.25 pm: Jarlath McNamara, Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore: Irish Famine Refugee, superstar of American music, but today, unknown!”

For more details contact the society at

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