Famine research centre opens at Castletown House in Kildare.
A new famine paper archive has opened at Maynooth Archive and Research Centre at Castletown House in Celbridge County Kildare. The archive of 6,000 records originated from Strokestown House in County Roscommon and are currently undergoing restoration in the hope that they will be opened to the public next year. The archive includes letters, pamphlets, press cuttings, maps and photographs, which all help to tell the story of one of the darkest times in Ireland's history.
President Mary McAleese officially launched the new archive and was presented with papers linking her family with the horrors of the famine at Strokestown.
I wasn't reared to love the house or its story.
John Hughes, President of NUI Maynooth, welcomed the fact that the Office of Public Works (OPW) have provided NUI Maynooth with space at Castletown House for archives from historic houses. The collection from Strokestown is the first to arrive at the new research centre.
According to Jim Callery of Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum, the famine papers were discovered in the house when it was purchased in 1979.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 November 2008. The reporter is Ciaran Mullooly.
The collection was subsequently returned to the Strokestown House.