Monday, 14 May 2018

Launch of The Great Irish Famine Online

The Irish Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD, has formally launched The Great Irish Famine Online project as part of this year's National Famine Commemoration.

According to the website of University College Cork, the project, located at, "allows users access to interactive maps which facilitates research into the details of how the famine affected people in local areas, down to civil parish and town level. It will enable users to view online the information for any location across the island. People can analyse detailed information charting changes in the social, political and economic landscape of pre and post famine Ireland."

The project is a collaboration between staff at UCC’s Geography Department and the Irish Government's Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. From the website:

The Great Famine was one of the most tragic events in Irish history. The deaths of over 1 million people and the emigration of a further million had a profound and devastating effect on Irish society.

The mapping of the famine at parish level provides us with new ways of seeing the Famine, by revealing the complex local and regional dimensions, which raises questions about the social conditions which prevailed in different localities and the diverse responses in terms of relief. Behind the maps are the stories of individuals and communities and how they fared during this traumatic period.

Direct access to the various pages and maps is available at


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