Historical, bold and purposeful, Liverpool Irish Famine Trail: Revive revisits the establishment of the Liverpool Irish Famine Trail; reviving sites of importance and detailing Ireland’s influence on Liverpool.
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What’s it about?
In 2021 Liverpool Irish Festival began revitalising the Liverpool Irish Famine Trail, originally established in the 1990s. Documenting the start of the project, Liverpool Irish Famine Trail: Revive describes the first year of research, undertaken by a dedicated volunteer History Research Group and the wrap-around development of the project. It considers the recent chronology of the Trail and the complex history that led to its creation, based on the origin story of The Irish Famine and its effects on Liverpool and the region. Revive is a call to action to revisit heritage, increase interest and find understanding in a period of time that continues to affect people and place today. Illustrating 15 sites of historical importance, and giving voice to some of the lead activists in the Trail’s development, readers will learn about Liverpool’s unparalleled connection with Ireland.
Marking Stage One/Year One -of what is likely to be a five stage, five-year plan- Revive celebrates the work of the Liverpool Great Hunger Commemoration Committee and honours The National Lottery Heritage Fund, which funded the work. Revive explores a process of reflection, rejuvenation, remembrance and reconnection.
Liverpool Irish Famine Trail: Revive documents an ambitious adventure, commemorating the lives of almost 1.24million people and the lasting impact many of them have had on Liverpool.
The chapter list includes:
Liverpool Irish Famine Trail: Revive
Revitalising the Liverpool Irish Famine Trail
The Famine Memorial and the Trail
Coiste Chuimhneachan An Ghorta Mhóir Learpholl/ The Great Famine Commemoration Committee Liverpool
Repositioning the Trail for the 2020s
How the research took place and with whom
Timeline: Liverpool 1701-1905
Timeline: Ireland 1800-1860s
Explanation of terms
Routes and site references
Liverpool Irish Famine Trail sites
1: The Liverpool Famine Memorial
2: Pleasant Street School
3: The Brownlow Hill Workhouse
4: The Paupers’ Graveyard
5: Agnes Jones House
6: Kitty Wilkinson’s grave
7: St Patrick’s Chapel
8: James Larkin’s birthplace
9: The Pilotage Building
10: The Relief Station
11: Father Nugent’s statue
12: Lace Street
13: ‘Dandy Pat’ memorial
14: Clarence Dock
15: Price Street, Birkenhead
Introduction (example of text within)
This book is a reflection on the work Liverpool Irish Festival -along with partners and friends- have done since 2019 to revitalise the Liverpool Irish Famine Trail.
It is not a complete history of An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger), though it does track stories dating from this time, specific to sites of importance in Merseyside. It is important to make this distinction, so as not to misdirect or disappoint readers. Our intent is to mark the redevelopment of the Trail and document the progress of that work, as part of the ongoing history of The Irish Famine story, here in the North West.
In the coming chapters, we contextualise the environment preceding The Irish Famine, providing a history timeline to reflect events in Ireland and Liverpool around the time of The Great Hunger (1845-1852), and after. The timelines do not represent a full history, but a series of snapshots that link the events of The Irish Famine with their effects on Ireland and Merseyside. The primary focus is Liverpool, but we do acknowledge Wirral’s role. In later research, we will look further in to effects on the region, but -for now- we seek to take readers through the inception of the project, which reopens the original Liverpool Irish Famine Heritage Trail. In so doing, we hear from one of the Trail’s founding voices, Greg Quiery.
The Festival’s Artistic Director and CEO, Emma Smith, then describes repositioning the Trail 25-years on and why applying contemporary expectations and technological capabilities to the Trail are important. History Research Group Lead and ArtsGroupie CIC Director, John Maguire, details how the research took place and with whom.