Posted by: irishhungercomm | April 27, 2012

List of events in connection with the 2012 Boston Irish Famine Commemoration

List of events in connection with the 2012 Boston Irish Famine Commemoration

May 2012

AOH Lawrence Event

Division 8 AOH and LAOH will hold a Commemoration of the Great Hunger on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the An Gorta Mor Memorial in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 29 Barker Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts at 1:30 pm. A host of County, State and National AOH and LAOH representatives along with other dignitaries are expected to be present. The memorial service will include an oration on the great hunger, a prayer service, and the laying of a wreath at the memorial. Light refreshments will be served following the service.

Division 8 A.O.H. President William J. Sullivan recently said: “It is fitting and appropriate that we pay tribute to the Irish of Lawrence and to the famine descendents who settled in Greater Lawrence. It is our turn to give back to those who gave so much. This monument stands as a testimony to their accomplishments and their lives!”

Irish International Immigrant Center/ Montserrat Aspirers Incorporated event

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2pm-5pm

19th Annual Black & Green Event

Hunger Then, Hunger Now, Hunger Here, Hunger There

The Famine in 19th Century Ireland

Hunger Today: Locally and Globally

Join us for an afternoon of performance art, thematic presentations, cultural exchange and community building

Monserrat Aspirers Hall, 358-364 Washington St, Dorchester, MA, 02124

For More information please contact Ally Tzovaras at the IIIC at: 617.542.7654 ext. 43 or

Charitable Irish  Society and the Eire Society event

Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Forbes Museum, 215 Adams Street, Milton, MA., 2:00-5:00pm

The Charitable Irish  Society and the Eire Society will sponsor

“New England Responses to an Gorta Mor, 1845-1848”

The program will include tours of the Forbes Museum and two presentations:

“Asneath Nicolson in Ireland” by Professor Maureen Murphy, Hofstra University, Biographer of Nicolson.

“Captain Robert Bennet Forbes and the Voyage of the USS Jamestown to Cork in 1847” by Catherine B. Shannon, Professor Emerita, Westfield State University

Reception and refreshments.

Members:  $10, Non Members $15.00.

Reservations required:  617 330-1737 (CIS) or Eire Society Phone


Irish Cultural Center of New England events

May 12:  The Great Irish Famine: Remember Skibbereen.

The evening will begin at 5:30pm with a lecture, a meal and a viewing of the award-winning film The Great Irish Famine: Remember Skibbereen.  Seamus Mulligan and others will conduct a conversation and Q&A. Location:  ICC, Canton.

May 31: The History of the Irish Famine and its Impact Today

Professor of Irish Studies Joseph Lee from New York University will lecture on the Irish Famine.  Professor Lee is widely recognized as a leading expert on 19th and 20th century history and politics, particularly Irish, British and European studies. Former member of the Irish Senate and current member of the Royal Irish Academy, Lee is also the author of numerous publications including three books on Irish history. The evening will begin at 6:00pm with a reception, followed by the lecture.  Location: Downtown Boston. 

September 2012

Cohasset Historical Society event

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 2:00-4:00pm

 “The Wreck of the Brig St. John and Its Commemoration, 1849-2012: An Illustrated Lecture” by Catherine B. Shannon, Emerita Professor History, Westfield State University, at the Cohasset Historical Society

106 South Main Street, Cohasset, Massachusetts

Reservations suggested by phoning 781-383-1434

The Society’s Exhibit on Shipwrecks on the South Shore will be available to view.

October 2012

Brig St. John event, Cohasset

Annual Commemoration for the victims of the Wreck of the Brig St. John, October 7, 1849 sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians at St. Anthony’s Church and Cohasset Central Cemetary, Cohasset, MA. Date to be confirmed.

Irish Cultural Center of New England event

October 4:  Famine Then and Now: A Look at the 1840 Irish Famine and the Current World Famines in West and Central Africa

A panel of historians and nutritionists from Tufts University examine the causes of famines, both in Ireland and throughout the world, with particular emphasis on the similarities between the Irish Famine and the emerging current crisis in West and Central Africa.  The evening will begin at 6:00pm with a dinner, followed by the panel discussion.  Location: ICC, Canton. 

November 2012

Irish Cultural Center of New England event

Examining the Irish Famine and the Irish Diaspora: Exploring the Lasting Effects of these Events for the Irish and Irish Americans

Details tbc.



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