This is the blog of the Committee To Honor The Victims Of The Irish Hunger (1845 – 51) Inc., which has been established to create awareness of  the National Famine Memorial Day. This day of remembrance has been established by the Irish Government to honor the victims of the Irish Hunger. It is planned to hold a special event in Ireland with parallel international events.  Members of the Irish Diaspora are encouraged to organize events in their own areas.

The Committee To Honor The Victims Of The Irish Hunger (1845 – 51) Inc.

Postal Address: 7 Cedar Road E., Mastic Beach, NY 11951

Email: BFahey7@aol.com

Email: JimGall98@Juno.com

Blog: http://Irishhungercomm.wordpress.com

President – J. William Fahey

Vice President– Richard McDonald

Secretary – Jim Gallagher

Coordination – George Trainor

Communications – Michael Walshe

Special Projects – Marie Smith

We are the The Committee To Honor The Victims Of The Irish Hunger (1845 – 51) Inc. The Irish Government has set up their own committee for an annual Commemoration Day.  We ask all Irish groups and people worldwide to participate in Masses and Memorials to honor and show respect for our family ancestors, who were the victims of this man made catastrophe. People could have Masses arranged in their local churches. The victims should be remembered in the Prayers of the Faithful. Church bells could be rung. Churches in Ireland will ring their bells as a sign of respect for the victims of the Hunger.  A notice in the church bulletin previous to the Mass would be helpful in having more people attend. People could bring food to the Mass which would be given to the poor. Services could be held at any Hunger Memorial locations in your area.

Purpose of the Committee To Honor The Victims Of The Irish Hunger (1845 – 51) Inc.

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.

Thank you for spreading the word and helping us in honoring our people who suffered so much.

Bill Fahey


  1. I think this is a great idea- what time is the event being held in lower manhattan on May 24th?

    best regards

    Brian Ruane

  2. Well it’ about time! I’m so glad to hear of this! We Irish are all over the world and yet there is more said about the genocidal attempts of other ethnic groups than there is of the Great Hunger of Ireland. My father’s ancestors on his mother’s side were victims of this terrible incident. They had to leave Kerry and in 1850 and 1852 (the women and children had to leave seperately) and tragically, my great great great grandfather died suddenly in America just before the arrival of his wife and four daughters. I’m so glad that this event is finally being commemorated. I just wish I had news of it earlier but next year I will be able to participate.

  3. The St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities, Iowa-Illinois invites everyone to access our website for a view of and information on our Memorial. Select “About Us” then “Irish Memorial Project”. The Irish Hunger Committee is encouraged to freely share our plans. Thank You.

  4. The Commemoration this year in Ireland is in Drogheda (May 2012) and the International partner is Boston.
    Fittingly one of Droghedas sons John Boyle O’Reilly is quoted on the Boston famine statue.

  5. Michael Portillo presented a programme about Great Railway Journeys on B.B.C.2 on 3.2.12. Speaking from Derry he quoted from a text about the failure of the potato crop. There was no reference made to the evidence of the amount of food that was removed from the country to England during the so called famine.

  6. Dear Dear Irish people,

    First of all I appreciate how tremendously busy you must be on a daily basis and I can only hope that you will get to read this email yourself or hear about it via one of your aides.

    My name is Omer Sarikaya and I am Turkish family man / The Screenwriter and film director.

    I just wanted to write to you and let you know about my future film project which I hope you will be interested in as it will bring a message of hope, peace and kindness that was once found between two countries and my film will hopefully highlight and give other countries around the world a sense of positivity that world peace is something can be achieved by working, talking and uniting with your neighbours no matter how far away they are.

    In Ireland the Great Famine was between 1845 – 1852 and it is a painfully sad story that most of the world knows about but 95% of these people do not know about a tiny chapter of that history. In 1847 the Ottoman Empire heard of this disaster and offered Queen Victoria £10,000 to help the people of Ireland, Queen Victoria refused the offer of £10,000 but said Turkey could donate £1000 as she had given £2000 herself. The Ottoman Empire did send the £1000 but in secret also sent over 5 ships of food to help the struggling country.

    I am keen to state that the focus of the film is not on the Irish-English divide but on the unlikely union between Turkey and Ireland, two countries separated by 4,000 miles. The characters may be fictional but the film is based on the true story of Turkey lending a charitable hand to Ireland during their hour of need.

    This generous charity from Muslim Turks to a Christian nation was important; We hope that the Turkish-Irish friendship sets a model peace for today’s different nations.

    This is a project of two Nations, separated by thousands of miles yet joined together by an act of compassion. On one side a country suffering the most tragic events in its history. On the other an Empire, while experiencing internal difficulties, is still determined to reach out a charitable hand. A period in history that was to bring two cultures and people together.

    It is estimated that approximately 95% of both nationalities are completely unaware of these events in history.
    With a population of about 6 million people in Ireland and an estimated 60 million Irish worldwide, together with Turkeys population makes a total of approximately 140 million people. People that will be touched and joined together, emotionally as a result of this film.

    This film has the opportunity to present a true perspective of Ottoman history to the generations of the world.

    I am sure that many Americans will also touched by this film as many of the Irish population fled to America during this time in order to stay alive and keep their families and generations able to grow. 22 of the American Presidents have Irish roots including Mr Bill Cinton and I am sure they all were / are very proud of their Irish descendants.

    The People of Drogheda, Ireland have recently acknowledged Turkey’s help during their time of need and a plaque has been unveiled to thank the people of Turkey.

    I hope my vision is something that has enlightened you and I hope my film creates a way forward of Worldwide Togetherness.

    please see below Press newspaper links About Our Project.



    TV interview

    Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to me.


    Omer Sarikaya
    The Screenwriter /Project Director
    Telefon : +90 212 343 27 00
    Fax : +90 212 343 27 03
    Gsm : +90 5350590315 TR
    Gsm : + 31684108238 NL

  7. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable information to paintings on. You have performed a formidable job and our entire group will likely be thankful to you.

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  9. Last week, I gave a paper on my photographic work,’ Lament’ at the Photo Media Conference, Helsinki Finland. Discovered while walking through the remote Irish landscape of the Burren the photographs are a poetic response to a past event in the present moment. Lament consists of three components: the archaeological remains of a remote 19c.famine village hidden from sight by the overgrowth of hazel scrub, the remains of an auxiliary work house and images of the sea which serve as a visual metaphor for the concept of leaving home; the tide represent the rhythms of daily life and the fate of the emigrant. I hope to bring this exhibit to Ireland in the near future. Work can viewed at AngelaKellyPhoto.com

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