From ‘Riotous Peasantry’ to Colonial Rulers: 250 Years of Irish Migration to India

DATE: 22nd August 2024
TIME: 5.30pm - 6.30pm
WHERE: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
COST: Free

Did you know that seven of the eight provinces of British India were at one point run by Irishmen? Or that Irish soldiers in India once staged a mutiny in protest at the actions of British troops in Ireland?

Have you heard of Annie Besant, the London Irishwoman who became the first female president of the Indian National Congress? Or Margaret Cousins, the Roscommon-born suffragette who moved to India and threw herself into the campaign for women’s rights?

Join us at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum for a talk exploring two and half centuries of connection between Ireland and India. Presented by Dr Catherine Healy, curator of the exhibition ‘Looking East: Ireland and India’, running on-site from late July until November 2024.

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This event is part of The Dublin Festival of History, an annual free festival, brought to you by Dublin City Council, and organised by Dublin City Libraries, in partnership with the Dublin City Council Culture Company.

Looking East: Ireland + India’ is a multimedia exhibition exploring the multifaceted history of migration between Ireland and India. Developed by EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, it highlights both the diverse range of Irish people who went to India as soldiers, civil servants, activists and educators, and some of the many Indian people who have contributed to Irish life.

Catherine Healy is Historian-in-Residence at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. She holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin and is the author of a forthcoming book on Irish female migration.

Image: Agnes Footman and family in Secunderabad, 1959. Agnes’ grandfather, John Footman from Cork, emigrated to India during the Great Famine. Courtesy of Ian Michael