Consul General’s Memo
Teachtaireacht an Árd Chonsul
•Fáilte – Welcome to the Consulate’s September newsletter which we hope will provide you with a snapshot of some recent news & activities & also flag some upcoming events.
•Last month, we bade farewell to our colleague Jackie O’ Halloran Bernstein & her family, who have returned to Dublin. I know that Jackie greatly appreciated the warm wishes she received from many members of the Irish community.
•The coming period will a busy one as we look forward to welcoming An Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon Gilmore to New York for a detailed programme encompassing United Nations, community & business promotion activities. We are also working closely with our colleagues in Tourism Ireland to prepare for the visit to New York of Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport.
•The opening of the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut in late September will be a milestone for President John Lahey & for everyone with an interest in the preservation & showcasing of materials related to this tragic period in our history.
•Remember to stay connected to the Consulate via our website, Linked In group or Twitter. If there is something you would like to see included in an upcoming edition, please get in touch with us.
•Noel Kilkenny, Consul General
Ard Chonsalacht na hÉireann, Nua Eabhrac
The Gathering 2013
•The Gathering 2013 will be launched in New York on Wednesday, 26 September.
•The year is shaping up to be very memorable with a range of new & existing festivals & events being enhanced through grass-roots involvement. The calendar of events includes: News Year’s Eve Festival, St Patrick’s Festival, International Music Day & an International Harvest Gathering – a celebration of Irish food.
•If you are interested in setting up your own event, the website http://www.thegatheringireland.com provides online supports and ideas, including examples of local The Gathering events underway.
•Please help us to spread the word as much as possible, be part of it and embrace this wonderful year. For more information Visit http://www.thegatheringireland.com
Quinnipiac University – Museam An Ghorta Mór – Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
Museam An Ghorta Mór: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the starvation and forced emigration that occurred throughout Ireland from 1845 to 1852.
The collection focuses on the famine years when blight destroyed virtually all of Ireland’s potato crops for consecutive years. The museum will offer a unique opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the largely unrepresented, unspoken and unresolved causes and consequences of the Great Hunger, this tragedy, as well as to appreciate the art that it continues to inspire.
Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational university with 5,900 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students.
A week‐long program of cultural & academic events culminating in a Dedication Day on Friday, Sept. 28, with Minister Leo Varadkar in attendance, will mark the museum’s official opening.
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