Migration in Down History – Talk by Dr Paddy Fitzgerald

July 22, 2013

Libraries NI invites you to a talk on ‘Migration in Down History’ in Newry City Library on Thursday 1st August 2013 at 12.30pm.

‘Migration in Down History’ will be presented by Dr Paddy Fitzgerald, who is Lecturer and Development Officer at the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies in Omagh and since 1996, has been teaching at postgraduate level in Queen’s University Belfast.

During this talk, Dr Fitzgerald will consider the impact of human migration into, within and out of the county over the course of the past four centuries. Particular attention will be paid to the idea of a Down Diaspora and evidence presented from some of the many emigrant letters which connected those overseas with those family members at home.

Dr Paddy Fitzgerald joined the Ulster-American Folk Park in Northern Ireland in 1990. In 1994 he obtained his doctorate from the Queen’s University of Belfast. He acted as curator of a major permanent exhibition entitled ‘Emigrants’, which opened in 1994. He has published many articles on various aspects of Irish migration and co-authored with Dr Brian Lambkin a book entitled Migration in Irish History 1607-2007 published with Palgrave in 2008.

Dr Fitzgerald has also acted as a consultant to a number of television series including ‘The Irish Empire’ which examined the phenomenon of the Irish Diaspora and ‘On Eagle’s Wing’, which told the story of the Ulster-Scots / Scotch-Irish. He is a member of the editorial board of History Ireland and a member of the Committee of the William Carleton Society.

In 2012, his paper on Scottish migration to Ulster in the seventeenth century published in the Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History (Oxford, 2012). He has presented talks and lectures to a wide range of audiences in Ireland, Britain, Europe and North America.

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free and booking is advisable. Contact Newry City Library (79 Hill Street) on telephone: 028 3026 4683 or email

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