Today, we’ll be leaving Galway and heading back to Dublin. At mid-day, we’ll stop at Strokestown Park and the National Famine Museum. Strokestown House is an example of one of the Ascendancy “big houses”, and has been reconstructed to its 18th century appearance. The National Famine Museum tells the story of the great potato famine of the 1840s, with a focus on the impacts to the west of Ireland. We’ll have plenty of time to explore the house, formal gardens, and museum. On the bus, Professor Cope will lead a seminar discussion of historical documents from the famine period (here) and we’ll also discuss the mysterious death of Major Denis Mahon, owner of the Strokestown estate during the famine.