Irish historian available to discuss Ireland's vote on gay marriage

Christine Kinealy

Irish historian Christine Kinealy, a professor at Quinnipiac University, is available to discuss the Republic of Ireland holding a referendum on same-sex marriage. 

"This vote is historic not only because of the traditional influence of the Catholic Church on secular matters, but also because Ireland is the first country in the world to allow a free vote on this issue," Kinealy said. "Polls suggest that the vote will be overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage."

Kinealy, director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she completed her doctorate on the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland. She then worked in educational and research institutes in Dublin, Belfast and Liverpool.

She has published extensively on the impact of the Great Irish Famine and has lectured on the relationship between poverty and famine in India, Spain, Canada, France, Finland and New Zealand. She also has spoken to invited audiences in the British Parliament and in the U.S. Congress. Kinealy is the founding director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and a scholarly resource for the study of the Great Hunger.

Kinealy is a noted author of numerous books on the Great Hunger, including "This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52," which was named the "Irish Post" Book of Year in 1995.

Based in the United States since 2007, Kinealy was named one of the most influential Irish Americans in 2011 by "Irish America" Magazine. In 2013, she received the Holyoke, Mass. St. Patrick's Day Parade's Ambassador Award. In March 2014, Christine was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.

To speak to Kinealy, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office). 

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