HERE'S THE LATEST NEWS ON THE BAD TIMES!

The Great Hunger in Belfast and Gael Scoil na Móna

The visit to Belfast by 130 people from the QU community (ranging from Trustees to undergraduates to ice-hockey players) was an overwhelming success. An undoubted highlight was a visit by Christine Kinealy and John Walsh (currently artist-in-residence for the City of Boston) to talk about their book, The Bad Times. Only a few nights earlier, an Irish-language version, An Droch Shaol had been launched in Stormont. The Minister for Finance, Máirtin Ó Mulleoir, introduced the authors.

Christine and John talked about the Great Hunger with a class of thirty 10-year-olds.   It proved to be a lively discussion with great participation by the children in both English and Irish.  They were hosted by Principal, Caireann Uí Mhuireagáin, and teacher, Eibhlín Walshe. Dr. Sean Duffy and three students from Quinnipiac accompanied Christine and John and also worked with the young students. 

Gaelscoil na Móna was established in September 2000 to provide an Irish language education to children aged between 4 and 11. It is located in the Springfield Road area of west Belfast and is non-denominational.

‘An Droch Shaol’ is published by Coiscéim in Dublin: http://www.coisceim.ie/

An Irish language version of the curriculum written by Clare historian,  Dr Ciarán Ó Murchadha, is available HERE.

AN IRISH LANGUAGE VERSION OF THE BAD TIMES!

An Irish language version of The Bad Times will be released this Fall from Dublin based publisher Coiscéim. The translation was made possible by a grant from the Irish government. The translation was done by Jonathan Ó Néill, a Clare man who has recently taken up a lecturing position at the University of St. Thomas in Texas. An Irish curriculum was provided by the renowned famine historian (and also a Clare man), Dr. Ciarán O Murchadha.
 
Both versions of The Bad Times will be officially launched in Belfast in November. If you live nearby, this is a chance to meet the authors.

A page from the Irish language version of THE BAD TIMES.

A page from the Irish language version of THE BAD TIMES.

THE BAD TIMES RADIO INTERVIEW

Christine was on The Author's Show and interviewed by Linda Thompson.
Listen below!

>>>> UPCOMING EVENTS <<<<

ARNOLD BERNHARD LIBRARY SPOTLIGHT SERIES: GOING GRAPHIC
A TALK ABOUT THE CREATION AND PUBLICATION OF GRAPHIC NOVELS with CHRISTINE & JOHN
Copies of THE BAD TIMES will be available for purchase and signing.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th, 4-6 PM
Quinnipiac University
Arnold Bernhard Library
ABL 218
275 Mt. Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 582-8036 (office)

BOOK SIGNING & TALK at THE EHINGER STUDENT CENTER at DREW UNIVERSITY, MADISON, NJ
THURSDAY, APRIL 14th, 5 PM

36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ.
Parking will be marked. Please follow the signage.
Campus map HERE.

BOOK SIGNING & TALK at THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTER in CANTON, MA
SUNDAY, APRIL 17th, 1 PM
Website HERE.

EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN'T SEE HIS FACE, WE ALL KNOW WHO THIS IS!

At the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Christine got to meet and give a copy of THE BAD TIMES to former U.S. President Bill Clinton! Wow! 

Too read more about the event, head over HERE.

Christine Kinealy presenting a copy of THE BAD TIMES to former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Christine Kinealy presenting a copy of THE BAD TIMES to former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

OH, THE PLACES THE BAD TIMES WILL GO...

Christine and John have been making the rounds promoting THE BAD TIMES, while selling and signing copies of the graphic novel too. They've been at The Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield, CT, the Lawrence Heritage State Park in Lawrence, MA,  Lucky Ewe in Hamden, CT, and Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University as well. The duo also popped up at the annual Saint Patrick's Day Breakfast Fundraiser for the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry in Boston. Christine and John even got to meet the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker and gift him a copy of THE BAD TIMES! Keep checking back for more upcoming events.

John Walsh, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and Christine Kinealy at the annual Saint Patrick's Day Breakfast Fundraiser for the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry.

John Walsh, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and Christine Kinealy at the annual Saint Patrick's Day Breakfast Fundraiser for the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry.

The fine folks at Lucky Ewe in Hamden, CT did a colorful job promoting Christine and John's book signing.

The fine folks at Lucky Ewe in Hamden, CT did a colorful job promoting Christine and John's book signing.

THE BAD TIMES BOOK LAUNCH at the BOSTON IRISH CONSULATE

The graphic novel was launched in John's stomping grounds with a reception on Thursday, February 18th at the Irish Consulate in BOSTON by Consul General Fionnuala Quinlan and her staff. A grand crowd turned out to support THE BAD TIMES and to have copies of the book signed. Christine and John had a good night! Next up — IRELAND'S GREAT HUNGER MUSEUM at QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY.

Consul General Fionnuala Quinlan, John Walsh and Christine Kinealy

Consul General Fionnuala Quinlan, John Walsh and Christine Kinealy

Graphic Novelist Don MacDonald, John Walsh, Christine Kinealy and Cartoonist Brian McFadden.

Graphic Novelist Don MacDonald, John Walsh, Christine Kinealy and Cartoonist Brian McFadden.

THE BAD TIMES BOOK LAUNCH at the NEW YORK CITY IRISH CONSULATE

The graphic novel was given a grand reception on Wednesday, January 20th at the Irish Consulate in New York City by Consul General Barbara Jones and her staff. Family, friends, colleagues, and supporters turned out to give THE BAD TIMES a proper welcome and to have copies of the book signed! Quinnipiac University was well represented as well, with Administrators, Professors and Librarians in attendance. Both Christine and John were very grateful for the strong show of support! Next up — BOSTON!

Consul General Barbara Jones, John Walsh and Christine Kinealy

Consul General Barbara Jones, John Walsh and Christine Kinealy

THE BAD TIMES and CHRISTINE KINEALY in IRELAND

On Monday 11 January 2016, Christine spoke to two different classes at Killarden Community School in Tallagh, Dublin. Since opening in 1982, Killinarden Community School has developed into a highly regarded and progressive co-educational and multi-denominational post-primary school.

The students were aged from 11 to 13 and 17 to 18 respectively. Both classes have been studying the Great Hunger. Christine spoke to them about this topic using the recently published The Bad Times as a way of explaining the impact of the Famine on children. Each class was extremely lively, with the children asking so many questions that they ran out of time!