Irish emigration: New sources, new approaches, new results
This was held in memory of the former Director of PRONI and Research Director of UHF who passed away on 22 August 2018.
Brian Trainor was always interested in the history of Irish emigration, and particularly in those who left Ulster before the Great Famine. Cormac’s talk 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.
Professor Ó Gráda has published monographs including 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.