The Irish Famine Tribunal has planned a fundraiser in South Street Seaport, Manhattan, ahead of the Fordham Law School assessment of the impact of the Irish Famine.

Those invited to attend are Irish Americans, Irish Diaspora, Legal, and human rights advocates.

To this day, the Irish Famine (also known as the Great Hunger) remains one of the most lethal famines in modern history in terms of deaths and dislocation of population.

On 20th October 2012, a Famine Tribunal will be held at Fordham Law School, New York City.  The object of the Tribunal is to assess the impact of the Irish Famine on the Irish population, and to examine its political, economic, cultural, and physiological legacies, all within a legal framework.

 A second day of activities will be devoted to educational issues, including a study of famine in today’s world.

The group have a cast of speakers for the fundraising event. These include Robert Ballagh, an Irish artist who will speak on the significance of the Tribunal from an International perspective.

Bernie Brophy, of the Brehon Law Society, in Australia, will speak on the famine orphans who were sent to Australia. And Christine Kinealy, a writer, along with Niall Mac Giollabhui, will speak on the Tribunal.

Guests will be treated to a night of music by select musicians including
Chris Byrne, Tara O Grady, Peadar Ó HÍcí, Bronagh O’Rourke, and Bob Batch.
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Illustration of Irish family saying goodbye to immigrants during the Irish famine