The world remembers sufferers of the Great Irish Famine


On Monday, May 18, the New York Consulate will host “The International Response to An Gorta Mór,” featuring Professor Christine Kinealy of Drew University, introduced by Dr. John Lahey, President of Quinnipiac University, home to one of the most extensive compilations of literature and artwork on the Great Hunger. Staff members from the Consulate General will perform the "Famine Song" in both Irish and English.

Finally, on Wednesday, May 20, “Teaching the Great Hunger” will feature Maureen Murphy, professor of Hofstra Unifersity, who will speak on the development of the Great Irish Famine Curriculum. Murphy will be introduced by Anne Garvey, former President of the American Irish Teacher’s Association, who was instrumental in the implementing the curriculum in the New York school system. Traditional Irish music will be featured.

For more information on New York’s events, contact Marie Reilly at 212-319-2554 or

From Ireland to North America, major Irish locations around the world will ensure that on May 17, the catastrophic events of the Great Famine will be remembered, and the remarkable contributions of its survivors are celebrated.