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Míle Fáilte - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes"The Irish American Link: People, Places, and Culture" conference will take place in the Ard Ri House Hotel, Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland from the 12th to 16th July, 2012.
Hosted by the Old Tuam Society in partnership with Drew University (Madison, New Jersey, USA); Galway County Council; The Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland Galway and Galway County Heritage Forum.
The conference will explore historic connections between the West of Ireland and North America. It will focus on historical figures, emigration, genealogy, history and culture. As well as history and important historical figures, the conference will have a strong emphasis on the cultural links between the West of Ireland and North America.
The conference will involve 28 lectures over 3 days and 2 day tours, which will explore the hidden heritage of East and West County Galway.
Speakers include: Professor Christine Kinealy (Department of History, Drew University, NJ, USA); Professor Terry Golway (Department of History, Kean University, NJ, USA); Professor Gearoid O Tuathaigh (Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway); Professor Ray Gillespie (Department of History, National University of Ireland, Maynooth); Alan Delozier M.A. (Director of Archives and Special Collections Center - Seton Hall University, NJ, USA); Dr. Gerard Moran (Department of History, National University of Ireland, Maynooth); Professor Bronwen Walter (Emeritus Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK); Dr. Nessa Cronin, (Lecturer, Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway) plus many more distinguished lecturers. For a full speaker and conference agenda click here or see sidebar.