Irish Genealogist and Author Mike O’Laughlin

Presented Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. and
Sunday, Sept. 27 from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Frazier Hall


Joining us in the Cultural area located in Frazier Hall will be renowned Genealogist, author of 60 books, and host of the Irish Roots Café, Mike O’Laughlin. Mike will share his knowledge of the ins and outs of Irish Genealogy to help get you started on your search for your Irish ancestors.

Be sure to bring your questions to start your journey.

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1915: On the Eve of the Rising – What Made 1915 Different?

Presented Saturday, Sept. 26 from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. and
Sunday, Sept. 27 from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Frazier Hall


Ireland had been under British rule for some 700 years and had managed at least one rebellion a generation, albeit failed ones. We will examine some of the world events happening such as the First World War, the people coming into Irish leadership positions, and policies that provided the opportunities in one short year that would bring Ireland closer to Independence than ever before.

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Famine Aid: Sawyers Soup – Relief as deterrent

Presented Saturday, Sept. 26 from 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. and
Sunday, Sept. 27 from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. in Frazier Hall


Much has been made of the response or lack thereof by those in a position to help during the Great Famine.  The Victorian response to poor aid was different from what we understand today, but it was different in Ireland for a multitude of reasons. Here we will look at what that 19th century response was in “Sawyers Soup,” what exactly the rationale behind it was as a legitimate response to mass starvation in Ireland.
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1845 An Gorta Mor – The Beginning

Presented Saturday, Sept. 26 from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. and
Sunday, Sept. 27 from 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. in Frazier Hall


The human tragedy that the world came to know as the Great Irish Famine saw its beginnings in the first potato crop failures of 1845. What began in 1845 would by the end of the 19th century change much of the face of the Western world as it was known, as Ireland was not the only country that saw crops fail in the middle of the nineteenth century. We will look at the main reason why the failure in 1845 set the stage for the deaths of upwards of 1 million and the emigration of a million more as well as the subsequent loss of population of the nation of Ireland by at least 25%.

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Louisville’s Bloody Monday and the Legacy of Immigration

Presented Saturday, Sept. 26 from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. and
Sunday, Sept. 27 from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. in Frazier Hall

talk_bloodymondayAugust 6, 1855 – Due to anti-immigrant sentiment, Louisville saw one of the darkest days in its history and the repercussions can still be felt today. We will examine the Election Day riots of 1855 and their far-reaching effects. Although the official death toll was listed as 22, some estimates place the number much higher, and while there is no monetary estimate for the amount of damage to homes and businesses caused in the riots, we will look at the detrimental effects on a vibrant immigrant population that failed to recover until years after the U.S. Civil War.

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