Emigration during the Famine of 1879


Irish in Minnesota

To stay or go? It was nearly a life-or-death decision the Connemaras faced in the 1880s in Co. Galway. Yet choosing to leave their homeland – as desolate as it was – provided no guarantee that their new home would provide an opportunity to survive. And at what price? Learn of this compelling story of the Connemaras as they seek a new home first in western Minnesota and ultimately in St. Paul. This course will also explore the Quaker from England, James Hack Tuke (pictured), whose assisted emigration scheme saved not only the Connemaras but thousands of people who fled famine in Western Ireland to take up a new life in the U.S.

2 Sessions: Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. March 16, 23.

Optional course text: Bone Road, by Geraldine Mills, Syracuse University Press, 2019.

Payment: $40

  • 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 7-j@msn.com and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
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