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Dr Brian Trainor Memorial Lecture

26 September 2019, 12.30pm-1.30pm

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

2 Titanic Boulevard



About the Lecture

The 2019 Dr Brian Trainor Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Cormac Ó Gráda, professor emeritus, University College Dublin.

This lecture is free to attend but we hope that you may consider donating to the Ulster Historical Foundation's Dr Brian Trainor Memorial Lecture to ensure that this lecture can become an annual event.

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Organisational Support

This programme has been organised by Ulster Historical Foundation in partnership with Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI) and supported by Causeway Coast & Glens Branch of North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS)


Irish Emigration: New Sources, New Approaches, New Results - Cormac Ó Gráda

Brian Trainor was always interested in the history of Irish emigration, and particularly in those who left Ulster before the Great Famine.  My talk in his memory will review recent and ongoing work on emigration from the island as a whole, highlighting the role of new material and new techniques, and the new perspectives they offer.

About Speakers

Cormac Ó Gráda

Cormac Ó Gráda is professor emeritus, University College Dublin.  Monographs include Ireland: A New Economic History (Oxford, 1994); Black ’47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine in History, Economy and Memory (Princeton, 1999); Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce (Princeton, 2006); Famine: A Short History (Princeton, 2009); Eating People is Wrong and Other Essays on the History and Future of Famine (Princeton, 2014); and (co-edited with Guido Alfani) Famines in Europe (Cambridge, 2017).  He is also author or co-author of nearly two hundred papers, about half of them in refereed journals.  Current research interests include the English Industrial Revolution; return migration to Ireland; the Famine Irish in New York; and speed and safety under sail. He was awarded the Royal Irish Academy’s Gold Medal for the Humanities in 2010 and an honorary doctorate by Trinity College Dublin in 2019.

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