Many readers of this Blog are familiar with the research work of Bill Fahey, President of the The Committee To Honor The Victims Of The Irish Hunger, 1845 – 51, Inc. Without the backing of any educational institution and using his own efforts and resources Bill succeeded in compiling a huge volume of facts, figures and statistics relating to the Irish Hunger – also known as the Irish Famine. Bill did receive valuable input from the AOH and in particular from Jim Gallagher. As of now this work remains unpublished but it was used as backup for submission of a petition, with thousands of signatures, to the Vatican. This petition made the point that Victims of the Irish Hunger died for their Faith and asked that they be beatified. The petition has been backed by, among others, previous New York Cardinals and has been under consideration, by the Vatican, for several years. Cardinal O’Connor commended and submitted the petition, to the Vatican, and Cardinal Egan also helped in following up.
To learn more about the petition please visit: http://www.irishhungermartyrs.org/
Now Bill Fahey has passed the backup details to Cardinal Dolan and asked that he look into this matter on his next trip to Rome. Bill has taken the opportunity to do this as he was recently selected as an Aide to Cardinal Dolan in the Cardinal’s position as Grand Marshall of the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Obviously Bill Fahey feels honored in being chosen and, not being a man who is shy in coming forward, perhaps he will try to get some aid from Cardinal Dolan in this extremely worthy endeavor.
Cardinal Dolan and Bill Fahey