Posted by: irishhungercomm | May 22, 2010

That the World May Know

That the World May Know

American Irish Historical Society  May Events

In commemoration of the Great Famine, the American Irish Historical Society is pleased to announce  “The Great Famine and Choctaw Donation,” to be held on Thursday, May 27th at the Irish Consulate. We are happy to present this event in conjunction with Peter J. McCarthy and Fionnuala Callaghan of Good Dog Films and sponsored by the Consulate General of Ireland, the Department of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, and Culture Ireland. We look forward to seeing you there to commemorate this truly pivotal period in modern history.

The American Irish Historical Society – Thursday, May 27th

The Great Irish Famine and Choctaw Donation 6 p.m.

345 Park Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10151

The event will begin with a screening of “The Great Irish Famine: Remember Skibbereen” (by Harvest Films) followed with a performance by renowned seanós singer Máirín Úí Chéide.                 An open panel discussion, led by Irish film producer Peter J. McCarthy of Good Dog Films, will include Gary White Deer of the Choctaw Nation, Professor Maureen Murphy of Hofstra University, and Mary Pat Kelly, author of Galway Bay.

The panel will discuss the history of the Irish Famine and the Choctaw “Trail of Tears” and the similarity between the plight of the people from both nations. Discussion topics will also include the donation by the Choctaw Nation to the Irish during the famine, how each nation coped with the dispossession of land, and how the post-traumatic effects of dispossession still linger today. Additionally, the panel will discuss how the histories of both nations can be viewed in the present day in a way that will help other nations suffering from similar traumas. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please call the Society at 212.288.2263 or email to reserve seats in advance.

This event is generously sponsored by the Consulate General of Ireland in New York, Culture Ireland, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, and Sport

Saturday, May 22nd

A Terrible Beauty – 2 p.m.

553 West 51 Street, New York, NY 10019

Due to popular demand, the Irish Arts Center presents a fourth showing of  A Terrible Beauty.

A Terrible Beauty is a moving and engaging one-hour performance of literature and music, based on Peter Behrens’ novel The Law of Dreams, winner of the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, with music by Grammy Award-winning composer Paul Sullivan.

Peter Behrens’ novel tells the story of a young man’s Homeric passage from innocence to experience during the Irish Famine of 1847.  In A Terrible Beauty, an actor brings to life scenes from the book, accompanied by emigrant ballads and songs inspired by the text, woven together with Behrens’ narration, against the backdrop of striking visual imagery inspired by the famine.

Peter Behrens won the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for The Law of Dreams, his first novel.  Paul Sullivan has been featured with the Paul Winter Consort, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Pops, as well as Benny Goodman and other jazz masters. His thirteen albums have sold over 300,000 copies worldwide.

The Irish Arts Center has generously offered AIHS members a discounted admission of  $23.            General admission is $28. Please call 212.868.4444 or visit to purchase tickets.

About the American Irish Historical Society

Founded in 1897, the AIHS is an international center of scholarship, education and cultural enrichment dedicated to promoting the significant, on-going contributions to the United States of America made by Irish immigrants and their descendants.

The Society maintains an extensive collection of Irish and American Irish books, newspapers, archives and memorabilia in its landmark headquarters on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile. Its highly acclaimed literary journal, The Recorder, chronicles the surging creativity of Irish writers on both sides of the Atlantic. A center of the contemporary American Irish experience, the     organization sponsors public programs to explore current issues and celebrates the renaissance in Irish culture from its weekly lectures, visual art exhibits and concerts. The Society has been, from its inception, both non-partisan and non-sectarian.


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