A letter from Bill Fahey to the People of Australia
Australia has a special place in the history of The Great Irish Hunger, 1845-51. We would like to ask your people to join us in honoring our mutual family ancestors, who were the victims of the Hunger. They died of starvation and related diseases while large amounts of food were being exported from Ireland.
Please consider having Commemoration events in their memory. Check below for suggestions. In local parishes at Masses, the victims could be mentioned in the Prayers of the Faithful. Food for the hungry could be collected at this time.
Please go to the following link to our committee’s website if you would like to find out more information:
Thank you for your time and consideration,
AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMEMORATION
OF VICTIMS OF THE IRISH HUNGER (1845-1851)
President – J. William Fahey 7 Cedar Rd, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Vice President– Richard McDonald
Secretary – Jim Gallagher – E-Mail: JimGall98@Juno.com
Coordination – George Trainor
Communications – Michael Walshe
Special Projects – Marie Smith
May 21-22, 2011
IN 2009 THE IRISH GOVERNMENT FORMED A COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE GREAT HUNGER. PEOPLE OF IRISH HERITAGE WORLDWIDE ARE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE AT MASSES AND OTHER MEMORIAL SERVICES. THIS INTERNATIONAL EVENT RECOGNIZES THE VICTIMS OF THE HUNGER, INCLUDING THOSE WHO REFUSED TO ABANDON THEIR FAITH AND THOSE WHO FLED IRELAND IN ORDER TO SURVIVE.
ALL IRISH ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO PLAN AND EXECUTE ACTIVITIES TO HONOR THEIR FAMILY ANCESTORS IN THEIR LOCAL AREAS ON ONE OR BOTH OF THESE DATES. EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS AND MATERIAL SHOULD BE USED TO INFORM PEOPLE ABOUT THE CONSCIOUS GOVERNMENT FAILURE AND ITS ROLE IN CAUSING A POTATO BLIGHT TO BECOME A MAN-MADE TRAGEDY. HISTORIANS HAVE PROCLAIMED THE IRISH HUNGER OF 1845-51 AS THE WORST SOCIAL DISASTER IN 19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN HISTORY. FOOD WAS BEING EXPORTED WHILE THE PEOPLE WERE STARVING.
FORM COMMITTEES, CONTACT PUBLIC OFFICIALS, NEWS MEDIA AND OTHER IRISH AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS. THERE ARE EXISTING MONUMENTS, PLAQUES, MEMORIALS, ETC. HONORING THE IRISH HUNGER VICTIMS WHERE CEREMONIES COULD TAKE PLACE. CONSULT WITH CHURCHES FOR MASSES IN THEIR MEMORY.
AFTER WAITING FOR MORE THAN 150 YEARS, WE FINALLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR THESE VICTIMS. WE SHOULD RESPECT AND HONOR THEIR MEMORY BY HAVING OVERFLOW CROWDS AT ALL THESE MASSES AND CEREMONIES.
IT IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO CONSIDERING THE DEPTHS OF THEIR INHUMAN SUFFERING AND SACRIFICES.
Purpose of the Hunger Commemoration Committee:
1. To encourage all people in the Irish diaspora to honor the victims of the Irish Hunger for their courage and sacrifices under inhuman conditions.
2. To support, organize and assist world wide appropriate Activities in Remembrance of Irish Hunger victims.
3. To support the Irish Government’s Commemoration Committee’s annual commemoration activities