Posted by: irishhungercomm | April 26, 2012

COMMEMORATION EVENTS 2012 FOR IRISH HUNGER VICTIMS 1845-51

AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF VICTIMS OF THE IRISH HUNGER (1845-1851)

President – J. William Fahey  – Contact:    7 Cedar Road E, Mastic Beach, NY 11951                                          E-Mail: BFahey7@AOL.com

Vice President– Richard McDonald

Secretary – Jim Gallagher

E-Mail:   JimGall98@Juno.com

Coordination – George Trainor

Communications – Michael Walshe

Special Projects – Marie Smith

Website: www.Irishhungercomm.wordpress.com

COMMEMORATION EVENTS 2012 FOR IRISH HUNGER VICTIMS 1845-51

THIS YEAR THE IRISH GOVERNMENT IS HAVING THE ANNUAL COMMEMORATION IN BOSTON ON SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012. OTHER MEMORIALS ARE BEING PLANNED DURING THE MONTH. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON EVENTS, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.IRISHHUNGERCOMM.WORDPRESS.COM.

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 WHEN OFFERED FOOD 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. 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, COLLECT FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY AND REMEMBER THE VICTIMS IN THE PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL.

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.

THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMEMORATION FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE IRISH HUNGER ANNUAL COMMEMORATION DATES ARE THE THIRD WEEK OF MAY (THIS YEAR, MAY 19-20). WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO JOIN US THAT WEEKEND, AND TO SCHEDULE EVENTS OF THEIR OWN THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE YEAR.

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

Responses

  1. DID I READ THIS CORRECTLY. THE BEGINING SAID THE DATE WAS MAY 5TH AND THE END SAID THE DATE IS MAY 19 AND 20. PLEASE ADVISE—sheilageraci@yahoo.com

    • May 5th. is the Irish Government date for the Boston Commemoration.The American Commemoration Committee has set the 3rd, weekend in May as our dates to avoid conflicts with Mothers Day and Memorial Day for this annual event. We urge all groups to participate in Memorials on any dates convenient for them during the course of the year. THE MAIN PURPOSE IS TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE HUNGER, OUR FAMILY ANCESTORS, ALL OVER THE WORLD.

      BILL FAHEY


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