Commemoration Events – Wanted in all Areas
Marie Smith, National Board Cultural Chair for the IAUC, requests all chapters to be in touch with local churches to schedule a Mass in commemoration of the Great Hunger. All should organize a famine commemorative Mass to coincide with the Irish National Day of Commemoration when it becomes known.
If you know a Gaelic speaking priest or know a Gaelic speaker or Gaelic singers please ask them to participate. The Great Hunger was the death of the Gaelic language and the majority of the famine immigrants were Gaelic speakers.
Once a church is booked, then organize a “waking” at the local Irish bar or restaurant where participants can tell the stories of the famine handed down through their families with, of course, music. Please contact the local media for coverage so that the truth of the Great Hunger as genocide is emphasized.