Irish American Organizations Commemorate An Gorta Mor
Saint Anthony’s Chef Lien Do, Kenny Stocks, Calder Lorenz and George Trainor of the IAUC were among those at a recent event in San Francisco.
The Irish Government has established a Commemoration Day to honor the victims of the Irish Hunger 1845-51. The national event took place on May 16 in Murrisk, Co. Mayo; The American dates to honor the victims of the Irish Hunger is May 22 and 23. Commemorations are being held in New York, and across the country as well.
Commemorating the famine in San Francisco was the California Irish Cultural Society and the Irish American Unity Conference. The organizations chose to honor the victims of the Irish Famine by donating food to Saint Anthony’s Dining Hall, located at 45 Jones St.
The two groups using donated funds from their members and others, were able to donated rice, potato’s, flour and other staples to the dining hall which feeds over 2500 people a day. St. Anthony’s Dining Hall is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. According to Program Assistant Calder Lorenz, the dining hall feeds over 6000 lbs of food a day. Every day of the week from 10:15 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Kenny Stocks of the California Irish Cultural Society stated that he hope to make the donations to St. Anthony’s an annual event. “We’re hoping more organizations will join us next year in honoring the victims of the Irish Famine.”
For more information on the American Committee to honor the victims of the Irish Hunger, please visit their web site: https://irishhungercomm.wordpress.com/about/