Film: Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora

Sunday, October 14th

Los Gatos Theater

10am – 11am

Co-Presented with Irish American Crossroads Festival

Film, followed by a conversation with Great Hunger authority and historian Christine Kinealy

event co-presented with Irish-American Crossroads Festival

Narrated by Gabriel Byrne, Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora is a documentary that presents not just the potato failure that lead to mass starvation, death, and emigration in Ireland, but the historical, social and political circumstances that made what is misleadingly called the Great “Famine” almost inevitable.

Produced by Rebecca Abbott and Liam O’Brien, the documentary views the history of An Gorta Mór partly through the eyes of descendants of those who survived it, and also descendants of those who fled during it through the Canadian quarantine station at Grosse Ile, Quebec in 1847, and those whose maternal ancestors emigrated to Australia under the Earl Grey scheme, 1849 – 52.

Filmed and edited by Rebecca Abbott and co-produced by Liam O’Brien, both of Quinnipiac University’s Film, Video & Interactive Media Department. Winner of Regional Emmy Award

A reception and discussion with Christine Kinealy will follow at 11.30am at the Whitney Modern (across the street)

11.30am – 12.30pm

Whitney Modern Gallery, Los Gatos


Christine Kinealy is an historian and authority on Irish history, as well as the founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she completed her doctorate on the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland. She has published extensively on the impact of the Great Irish Famine and has lectured on the relationship between poverty and famine in India, Spain, Canada, France, Finland and New Zealand. Kinealy was named “one of the most influential Irish Americans” in 2011 by Irish America Magazine and in 2014 she was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.


Elizabeth Creely writer, public historian and speaker has been featured in journals such as The Fourth River, The Mississippi Review and The New Hibernia Review. Elizabeth produced a walking tour for the Irish-American Crossroads Festival, entitled  “Walking the Rebellion: Irish-Americans and the 1916 Easter Rising in the Mission District”