Heroes of Ireland’s
September 2, 2021 Virtual Launch 2:00 Pm EST, 7:00 PM Ireland
170 years after the Great Hunger, comes a book recording the achievements of people who were willing to sacrifice their lives to help the starving, powerless poor of Ireland. They are a diverse group, ranging from kindly landlords to pioneering doctors. They include visitors to these shores – among them, Quaker philanthropists, a Polish explorer and an American missionary – and others for whom Ireland was a country far across the ocean, such as native Americans and Canadian nuns. What linked them was their compassionate response to an unspeakable tragedy. Page upon page, story upon story, this is an uplifting anthology of altruism.
– Roy Greenslade, Belfast Media
Every crisis creates its own heroes and heroines, although few would identify themselves as such. Ireland’s Great Famine is no exception. From Canada to Australia, from Belfast to Skibbereen, from Liverpool to Oklahoma, individuals and communities came to the assistance of the starving poor of Ireland, often risking their own lives in the process.
Please join us for the launch of ‘Heroes of Ireland’s Great Hunger’, a collection of essays edited by Christine Kinealy, Gerard Moran and Jason King, and hear about these remarkable men and women. The event is co-hosted by the Irish Consulate in New York and Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and will be moderated by Deputy Consul General Seán Ó hAodha.
This virtual event will feature a range of interesting speakers, including Marita Conlon-McKenna, Professor Christine Kinealy, Dr. Jason King, Professor Mark McGowan, Dr. Gerard Moran, Dr. Maureen Murphy, Peter Murphy, Dr. Ciarán Reilly, Dr. Catherine Shannon, and more.
This is a free event, space is limited, register today. Ticket Sales end on September 1.