Banished: Irish Women “Convicts” in Australia


Banished to the other end of the Earth…

During the Great Famine (1845-1852), over 13,000 young Irish women “convicts” were banished to Australia because they had committed small crimes. Their punishment? A 16,000-mile journey to an unknown country, some with children in tow, never to return to their homeland. This class will look at why these women were exiled and what became of their lives.

1 Session, two options:

  1. On Zoom, Thursday, 6:30 – 7:45 pm, March 10, 2022.
  2. In-person at the McKiernan Library in the Celtic Junction on Thursday, 1:00-2:15 pm., March 10, 2022.

Payment: $25

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Jane Kennedy at and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 

You may also enjoy the articles, “A Blank Canvas” and “Journey to Uncertainty” by the instructor of this class, Jane Kennedy.

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