2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, Philadelphia

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10/10/2016

Photos from The Great Hunger Commemoration

10/09/2016

These are just a few photos from some of the Great Hunger Events that happened over the last four days. The Irish government, which co-sponsored the program, sent representatives NY Consul General Barbara Jones and Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys who attended many of the events, including Friday's hoolie at the Irish Center, the Saturday program at the Irish Memorial on Irish memorials around the world, the GAA's Eddie Fitzsimmons Memorial Cup at the GAA field in in Limerick, the Saturday evening dinner, and Sunday Mass and wreath-laying at the The Irish Memorial at Penn's Landing.

10/08/2016

The afternoon events scheduled today at the Irish Memorial will be held at the Doubletree Hotel on Broad Street.

10/07/2016

A candlelight--well, a glowstick--ceremony at the Irish Memorial capped off the first night of the Great Hunger Commemoration. More than 60 people attended the screening of "Ireland's Great Hunger and The Irish Diaspora" at the Ritz East, featuring a Q & A with filmmaker Rebecca Abbott. Also speaking: Irish Consul General Barbara Jones, Irish Memorial President Kathy McGee Burns, Academic Advisor Dr. Christine Kineally, and Honorary Chairman of the event, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney. The Emerald Society Pipes and Drums performed, along with the traditional group, Glengesh, with Rosaleen McGill. Earlier in the day, attendees participated in meal preparation as part of the Hibernian Hunger Project, an AOH program started in Philadelphia and now nationwide that helps feed the needy. Go to www.greathungerevent.org to see what events are being held today through Sunday.

10/06/2016

First event of the Commemoration is tomorrow, Thursday, October 6
10:00 AM-Noon-FREE
Hibernian Hunger Project Event
Location: Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs
1936 Judson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Description: The Hibernian Hunger Project is a national project of the LAOH and the AOH that was formed in Philadelphia. In the past we have held “cook-ins” where we have prepared up to 10,000 meals for various shelters, schools, age related charities, etc. We have committed to helping Sister Mary Scullion, Director of Project Home, among other charities. We are going to assemble breakfast and snack packs for families with children.

10/04/2016
Irish Hoolie, October 7th, 2016 – 6-9 PM International Great Hunger

You're all invited!

Philly Style Irish “Hoolie” - FREE and Open to all Location: Irish Center This event will showcase the County Societies and the various Irish organizations that make the Irish Center their home. Additionally it will feature local musicians, dancers, as well as local foods including Irish favorites.…

10/03/2016
The Bad Times Graphic Novel

The author and illustrator of "The Bad Times," a graphic novel about The Great Hunger featured in this youtube video, will be at the Irish Center, 6815 Emlen Street, in Philadelphia, on Friday, October 7 at 2 PM. The event is free. All are welcome.

A Quinnipiac history professor and a Boston-based artist are collaborating to create a graphic novel on Ireland's Great Hunger. A moving story of suffering a...

10/03/2016
Sponsors | greathungerevent.org

We're so grateful for all the individuals and organizations that have become sponsors of this event which starts this Thursday, October 6, with the screening of a film on the Great Hunger. Please visit our sponsor page.

http://greathungerevent.org/sponsors/

Sponsors Cultural Resources Restaurant Guide Map Press Contact Us Blog Sponsors Saint Bridget Sponsors Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Government of Ireland Padraig Pearse Sponsors International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 Grace O’Malley Sponsors The McGettigan Fam...

09/29/2016
IrishCentral.com

A dark time in Irish-American history, from a new book.

50,000 Famine Irish in US were deported back to Ireland.

Evidence shows vicious use of Massachusetts law to rid them of Irish.

09/28/2016

You can now use PayPal to pay for your ticket to the gala on Saturday night, October 8, at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia, all part of the 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration. There's also a button on the link below that will allow you to donate. Most of the events are low-cost or free.

http://greathungerevent.org/ticket-purchase/ -purchase

09/28/2016

Timeline Photos

09/28/2016

Correction: The GAA game that is part of our event is on Saturday, October 8, not Sunday, October 9, as we previously posted. Sorry!

Men’s Gaelic Football | The Eddie Fitzsimmons Cup at the Limerick GAA Field
Irish Born footballers Vs. American Born footballers
Opening Ceremony will begin at 10.30 am, which will include;
Introduction: Gerard Dillon – Philadelphia GAA Senior board chairperson
Remarks from: Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys
The Irish and American National Anthems
The game will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Limerick GAA Field, 485 Longview Road, Pottstown, PA 19468

09/27/2016

It's not too late to become a sponsor of the 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration in Philadelphia, October 6, in Philadelphia A big thanks to our current sponsors: The Connolly Foundation, the Irish Government's Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Impact Dimensions LLC, the Steamfitters Local Union 420, the Burns Family, Peter Burns, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Cement Masons and Plasterers' Union, the Donovan Family, JJ White Incorporated, the Fitzgerald Family, Tir na nOg, and Brian Boyle.

http://greathungerevent.org/sponsorship-opportunities/

09/26/2016

Most of these events are free or low-cost.

09/26/2016

Great new event added to our calendar! The Philadelphia GAA is sponsoring a Gaelic football competition between US and Irish-born players at their gorgeous fields in Limerick on October 9. Here's what you need to know:

October 9
10:30 AM
Men’s Gaelic Football | The Eddie Fitzsimmons Cup at the Limerick GAA Field
Irish Born footballers Vs. American Born footballers
Opening Ceremony will begin at 10.30 am, which will include;
Introduction: Gerard Dillon – Philadelphia GAA Senior board chairperson
Remarks from: Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys
The Irish and American National Anthems
The game will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Limerick GAA Field, 485 Longview Road, Pottstown, PA 19468

09/17/2016

Please check out our new event website, where you can learn about Irish history in Philadelphia, the causes and impact of the Great Hunger in Ireland and read first hand accounts of the terrible suffering that happened there. You'll also find a schedule for the Great Hunger Commemoration in Philadelphia, scheduled for October 6-9. www.greathungerevent.org

09/16/2016
Heather Humphreys TD

Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister of Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht,will be representing the Irish government at the 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration October 6-9.

Fine Gael - Connect with Heather Humphreys TD

09/03/2016
TG4

Irish singer Don Stiffe sings Paddy Maloney's homage to the Great Hunger refugees from Skibbereen, County Cork. Skibbereen--which is where those two wonderful Olympic rowers hail from--was one of the hardest hit areas by the failure of the potato crop and the genocidal policies of Ireland's landlords great and small. Between 8,000 and 10,000 people from Skibbereen were buried in what's called a "famine graveyard" in Abbeystrewery, near Skibbereen. The 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, Philadelphia is October 6-9.

Beidh scoth na gceoltóirí in éineacht le John Spillane do 'Na Bailéid' ag tosú Dé Domhnaigh ag 10pm

09/03/2016

This is the schedule of events (so far) of the 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration in Philadelphia, October 6-9.

Thursday, October 6
10 AM-Noon
Hibernian Hunger Project.
Participate in this national project of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, founded in Philadelphia, to provide meals for those in need.

2-4 PM
Viewing of the documentary, Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora, narrated by Irish actor Gabriel Byrne
Q & A with filmmaker Rebecca Abbott, PhD, professor of communications, Department of Film, Television, and Media at Quinnipiac University
Location: Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd Street

Open to students and educators

6-9 PM
Public Session and Opening of Conference
Location: Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd Street
Welcome: Kathy McGee Burns, President of the Irish Memorial
Opening remarks: Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney, Irish government representative, Professor Christine Kinealy PhD, academic advisor and director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute

Documentary viewing and Q & A, light hors d’oeuvre

Candlelight march to the Irish Memorial at Front and Chestnut

FRIDAY, October 7
9 AM-11:30 AM
Hunger on Trial: An Activity on the Irish Potato Famine and Its Meaning for Today
Hon. Patrick F. Dugan, Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court, and various attorneys

Location: Philadelphia courtroom

On trial: British landlords, Irish tenant farmers, the Anglican Church, the British Government and the system of colonial capitalism
The crime: The murder of 1.5 million Irish peasants who died between 1846 and 1847

11:30 AM
Leave for the Irish Memorial

Noon- 2PM
Lunch at the Commodore Barry Club “The Irish Center,” 6815 Emlen Street
Irish foods, traditional Irish music, dancers, and viewing of the “famine pot”—an original soup pot used during The Great Hunger, which is owned by the Irish Memorial, Inc.

2:05-4:05 PM
Location: The Irish Center

Teaching the Great Hunger Curriculum
Aimed at educators and administrators, this panel on incorporating the Great Hunger into school curricula will be led by Maureen O. Murphy, PhD, of Hofstra University, who was director of the award-winning Great Famine Hunger Curriculum Project for the New York State Department of Education.

The Graphic Novel, The Bad Times: An Drochshaol
Author Christine Kinealy, PhD, founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, and illustrator John A. Walsh, will discuss their graphic novel about the Great Hunger with students. The Bad Times tells the tale of the Great Hunger, from the point of view of three teenagers and their dog, Cú, from Kilkee, County Clare in the west of Ireland.

6-9 PM
Philly Style Irish Hoolie
Location: Irish Center
Learn about the county societies and other organizations that call the Irish Center home. There will be local musicians, dancers, and Mummers, as well as Irish food.

SATURDAY, October 8
10 AM-Noon
The World’s Hunger Memorials
The landscape designer for Philadelphia’s Irish Memorial will be part of this panel exploring other hunger memorials around the world. It will also include the head of the Irish National Famine Museum in Strokestown, County Roscommon, and the developer of the Digital Irish Famine Archive.
Location: The Irish Memorial

12:05-2 PM
Lunch on your own. See list of nearby restaurants. [Link to restaurant pages]

Hedge School
Location: The Irish Memorial Site
This panel harkens back to the open-air schools in Ireland. Experts will be on hand to discuss aspects of The Great Hunger with participants.

10 AM-4 PM
Academic panels will run concurrently with other events during the day.
Location: Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, 237 S. Broad Street
(Alternate venue in case of inclement weather.)

6-7 PM
VIP Reception with the Consulate General/Irish Minister
A private reception for committee, sponsors, presenters and volunteers.

6-10 PM
Event Gala
Sit-down dinner, open bar, and Irish entertainment
Location: Doubletree Hotel by Hilton

SUNDAY, October 9

10-11 AM
Mass and Blessing of the Irish Memorial
Location: The Irish Memorial

Noon-2:30 PM
Closing Event

09/02/2016
2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, Philadelphia

2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, Philadelphia

The Quakers, including those in Philadelphia, played a major role in bringing help to the starving Irish during the Great Hunger. You will learn more about that at the 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, October 6-9, in Philadelphia.

09/02/2016
Amazing story of the Quakers and the Irish famine pots they brought

The Quakers, including those in Philadelphia, played a major role in bringing help to the starving Irish during the Great Hunger. You will learn more about that at the 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, October 6-9, in Philadelphia.

Are you researching Irish last names or your Irish genealogy? IrishCentral.com offers a large range of resources to help you trace your Irish roots.

09/02/2016
www.irishfaminepots.com

A real famine pot makes it home at The Irish Center in Philadelphia and will be on display during the 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, October 6-9, a joint event by the Irish government and The Irish Memorial Inc. in various locations in Philadelphia. This link takes you to the website of a Donegal man, John Cassidy, who is spearheading a movement to save the remaining famine pots, which were filled with soup to feed the starving Irish during the Great Hunger. John is also commissioning recreations of famine pots which are being made in Skibbereen, County Cork, which was one of the hardest hit locales during the starvation. (For you cooks, this website also contains a couple of recipes for "Poor Soup," including the one we posted yesterday.) Let us know what you think.

The Famine Pot [which contained the soup] ‘’sometimes referred to as workhouse pots’’ were made of cast iron. They came in various sizes and most of them were supplied by the Government under the Soup Kitchen Act to alleviate hunger and prevent starvation, by providing free soup to the populace.

08/30/2016
Souperlatif: Soyer's Soup - Soup for the Poor, or Poor Soup

Did you know that the soup recipe served in the soup kitchens during the Great Hunger was developed by a famous French chef of the time? Here's a link to the recipe. If you try it, let us know! We'd also love you to share your favorite Irish family recipes--they may wind up on the menu of one of the Irish dinners that take place during the 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration in Philadelphia October 6-9.

I would like to start a mission to feed the hungry. Being a chef and restaurant owner over the years I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the poor and hungry. I worked for st. vincent de paul soup kithen in Norwich, Ct. during the late 90's while getting my as. degree in food service manage...

08/29/2016

Did your family come to America as a direct result of the Great Hunger? Tell us your family story here. Feel free to post! We'd love to make your stories part of an online exhibit linked to the 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, Philadelphia which takes place October 6-9 at various locations in the city. There will be films, workshops, lectures, music, dancing, and Irish food.

08/21/2016
The Famine Plot: England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy

If you're looking for a good book on the Great Hunger, get The Famine Plot by journalist-historian Tim Pat Coogan. It's well-written and packed with great information that will probably make you look at this historical event in a whole new way.
https://www.amazon.com/Famine-Plot-Englands-Irelands-Greatest/dp/1137278838

During a Biblical seven years in the middle of the nineteenth century, fully a quarter of Ireland's citizens either perished from starvation or emigrated in what came to be known as Gorta Mor, the Great Hunger. Waves of hungry peasants fled across the Atlantic to the United States, with so many d...

08/21/2016

If you're interested in volunteering to help during the Great Hunger Commemoration, please message the organizers!

08/08/2016
‘The Widow’s Mite’: private relief during the Great Famine

During the Great Hunger, relief came from many places, some of them surprising, some disconcerting. Philadelphia supported the cause. The Philadelphia Irish Famine Relief Committee and the Philadelphia Society of Friends (Quakers), lead by Thomas Cope, funneled relief supplies from all over the United States to Ireland. Charity knew no religion, race, or national origin. In Philadelphia, the Committee of Colored Citizens held a meeting to raise money to give to abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass to donate to Irish relief when he went to Ireland in 1846.

08/06/2016
Why we should call it the Great Hunger and not the Irish Potato Famine

Why do we call it "The Great Hunger" and not the Famine? Other than the fact that it's the translation of the Irish term, an gorta mor, there's a major difference between what happened in Ireland in the mid-19th century and a true famine. This article gives a succinct explanation and features our academic advisor, Dr. Christine Kinealy, director of the Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University.

Potato blight played a role, but there was much more at play in Ireland’s Great Hunger of 1845 – 1852.

08/06/2016
2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, Philadelphia

2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, Philadelphia

One of the exciting events of the four-day International Great Hunger Commemoration in Philadelphia October 6-9 will be a talk by the co-authors of a graphic novel about the Great Hunger, "The Bad Times." Take a look at some excerpts from it here.

08/06/2016
2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, Philadelphia

Please share this with everyone you know!

A message from Kathy McGee Burns, president of the Irish Memorial, about the upcoming 2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration, a joint program by the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia and the Irish government.

Last year, when the Minister of the Diaspora, Jimmie Deenihan, came to Philadelphia, he was introduced to our amazing Irish Memorial. He was immediately smitten with it and deemed it the most beautiful Memorial in the world. Minister Deenihan then recommended to the Irish Government that Philadelphia be the next site for the National Famine Commemoration Day.

The Irish Memorial is located in the historic Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia at Front and Chestnut Streets. It is designed as an Arc (12 feet high, 30 feet long,a nd 12 feet wide) and features 35 lifesize figures arranged in vignettes depicting the starvation in Ireland, the struggles leaving the homeland and the arrival of the Immigrant to the Port of Philadelphia. It is our story.

The Memorial was built after the late Dennis Clarke, Irish historian and member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick (the oldest Irish organization in the US, founded in Philadelphia), noted that there was only one memorial dedicated to the Great Hunger in the western hemisphere. He spoke to fellow Friendly Sons member Jim Coyne who set about to create a memorial in Philadelphia, a city which has the second largest Irish population of any major city.

From 1990 until 2003, a group of dedicated people raised millions of dollars through bake sales, flea markets and, thankfully, large donations including $100,000 from the Friendly Son. So with Irish ingenuity and lots of hard labor, they got the job done.

And now, in 2016, we, the Irish in Philadelphia, have been invited to be the host to the International Cuimhneachan An Gorta Mo, the Great Hunger Commemoration . The event was launched by the Irish Government in 2008 and is held annually in one of the Four Provinces and in a city anywhere in the world to which the Immigrants fled.

The event will be held October 6-9 and the venues scattered throughout the city. The Irish Memorial will serve as a backdrop to a four day educational symposium, chaired by Professor Christine Kinealy, PhD, founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

Event chairman Bob Gessler, founder of The Hibernian Hunger Project, an outgrowth of the building of the Memorial, says the mission of the four-day event is fourfold: to provide a forum for the latest critical thinking on An Gorta Mor, to establish and expand the Irish Studies Program throughout schools in the Delaware Valley, to celebrate the rich and diverse nature of our ccommunity and to establish a virtual repository of multimedia representation.

Among the events: A mock trial, presided over by Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan, in which local trial lawyers argue both sides of the murder of more than 1 million Irish people by starvation; an old-fashioned hoolie featuring local dancers and musicians at the Irish Center: an introduction to traditional Irish food; a Hedge School, an “outdoor school” like the clandestine schools set up in rural areas to educate Irish children; an introduction to a fascinating graphic novel about the Great Hunger; and a gala on Saturday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia. There will also be an opportunity to participate in the Hibernian Hunger Project, a national charity of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which provides food for the poor and hungry.

We’re still working on the program and are creating event-specific pages on the Irish Memorial website. We'll be updating you fairly frequently on this page. Please share the link and encourage your friends interested in their Irish roots to like the page. Thank you!

08/05/2016
Trailer -- Ireland's Great Hunger and The Irish Diaspora

On one night of the Great Hunger Commemoration, there will be a showing of this film on Ireland's Great Hunger, by documentary maker Rebecca Abbott, who will be on hand at the Ritz Theater in Philadelphia to discuss it, along with other members of the weekend's faculty. This is just a 30 second clip but it features the event's academic advisor Christine Kinealy of Quinnipiac University and head of the Great Hunger Institute.

Why did over a million people die of starvation and disease, and more than two million leave during roughly six years in Ireland in the mid-1800s? The label "potato…

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