Talk on Thursday 20th June 2024 at 8pm The Great Famine on the Powerscourt Estate, Benburb, Part 3: Emigration and Epilogue 1848-1850

The O Neill Country Historical Society’s next talk of the year is The Great Famine on the Powerscourt Estate, Benburb, Part 3: Emigration and Epilogue, 1848-50’s

The final talk in Dr Donal McAnallen’s trilogy will investigate the reasons and workings of the Benburb Powerscourt Estate’s assisted emigration scheme, carried out in the spring of 1849. Details of the 200-plus families who left on the Elizabeth and Helen Thompson ships for New York will be disclosed. How much were they forced out, or did they see it as an escape? Finally, the enduring effects of Famine and flight on the Benburb district, not least population change, will be examined closely.

Please come along to the Benburb Priory on Thursday 20th of June 2024 at 8pm to hear the final part, about this terrible period of our history.

Tea and coffee will be served