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Thursday October 6th

Event: Hibernian Hunger Project Event  10am-12noon – 2pm-4pm (free)

Location: Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs
1936 Judson Street Philadelphia, PA 19121

Description: The Hibernian Hunger Project is a national project of the LAOH and the AOH that was formed in Philadelphia. In the past we have held “cook-ins” where we have prepared up to 10,000 meals for various shelters, schools, age related charities, etc. We have committed to helping Sister Mary Scullion, Director of Project Home, among other charities. We are going to assemble breakfast and snack packs for families with children.


Event: Opening of Conference 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Ritz East, 125 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Welcome: Kathy McGee Burns, President of the Irish Memorial
Opening remarks: Honorary Co-Chairs: James F. Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia; Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland; Professor Christine Kinealy Phd, Academic Advisor to the 2016 Great Hunger Symposium and Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University

Description: Documentary viewing and Q & A: Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora is a documentary that presents not just the potato failure that lead to mass starvation, death, and emigration in Ireland, but the historical, social and political circumstances that made what is misleadingly called the Great “Famine” almost inevitable. The documentary is narrated by actor Gabriel Byrne.
Reception: light hors d’oeuvre and drinks by The Plough and the Stars

Candlelight march to the Irish Memorial led by Emerald Pipe Band
Blessing of the Irish Memorial by Rev. Edward Brady and others
At site: Traditional Irish music by Glengesh

For tickets to the Ritz Theatre Event – Ireland’s Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora, please click here.


Friday October 7

Event: Hunger on Trial  9:00am-11:30am (free)

Location: Court Room 676, City Hall – 1 Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Description: An Activity on the Irish Potato Famine and Its Meaning for Today. Hon. Patrick F. Dugan, judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court, and various attorneys and law students.

In 19th-century Ireland, food was a commodity, distributed largely to those who had the means to pay for it. I designed a trial role play to highlight the “crime” of famine and to encourage students to reflect on responsibility for that crime. The groups: British Landlords; Irish Tenant Farmers; Anglican Church; British Government and “Political Economy”- The System of Colonial Capitalism

Authored by Bill Bigelow, Curriculum Editor – Rethinking Schools magazine and author or co-editor of several Rethinking Schools books: Bigelow lives in Portland, Oregon, and has taught high school social studies since 1978.


11:15 am-2:15pm

Visit to the Irish Memorial

Location: Front Street and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Presentation: Causes of An Gorta Mor: James J. Murphy, PhD, Director Emeritus, Villanova University’s Irish Studies Program and Philadelphia’s Irish Memorial: James J. Coyne, Jr.,President Emeritus, The Irish Memorial, Inc.


12:30 pm-2:00 pm


Location: Philadelphia Irish Center: 6815 Emlen St, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Description: Featuring Irish Foods (something besides Ham and Cabbage) with traditional Irish Music, Dancers and a poetry and/or prose reading. Additionally we will present and tell the story of  “Famine Pots” and display the one donated to the Irish Memorial, Inc.


2:05-4:05 pm (free)

The Graphic Novel, The Bad Times: An Drochshaol

Location: Philadelphia Irish Center: 6815 Emlen St, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Christine Kinealy, PhD, founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute and John A. Walsh, illustrator and graphic novelist, will talk about the book.

“The Bad Times” tells the tale of the Great Hunger, from the point of view of three teenagers and their dog, Cú, from Kilkee, County Clare in the west of Ireland.


6:00 PM-9:00 pm (free)

Philly Style Irish “Hoolie” Open to all

Location: Philadelphia Irish Center: 6815 Emlen St, Philadelphia, PA 19119

This event will showcase the County Societies and the various Irish organizations that make the Irish Center their home. Additionally it will feature local musicians, dancers and local foods including a table of Irish favorites prepared by the seniors of the Irish Immigration Center.

There will also be an exhibition by Photographer and Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame Member, Tom Keenan, featuring twenty selected photographs of the Irish Memorial. These prints will be part of a silent auction to benefit the Irish Immigration Center.



Saturday October 8

10:00 am-noon

The World’s Hunger Memorials

This international panel will explore hunger memorials around the world.

Location:The Irish Memorial


12:05-2:00 PM

Lunch on your own. See list of nearby restaurants.


10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Hedge School

Location: The Irish Memorial Site. Alternate venue in case

of inclement weather: Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, 237 S. Broad Street

This panel harkens back to the open-air schools in Ireland. Experts will be on hand to discuss aspects of The Great Hunger with participants. Academic panels will run concurrently with other events during the day.


6:00 PM-10:00 PM

An Gorta Mor Gala

Location: Doubletree Hotel by Hilton

Join Heather Humphreys, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Babara Jones, Consul General of Ireland, Hon. Mike Stack, Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley Irish Community in commemorating this seismic event in Irish History – Ireland’s Great Hunger, part of a 4-Day International event. Sit-down dinner, open bar, and Irish entertainment

Tickets: $125.00 per person; $1,250 for a table of 10; $60 for students

Price includes reception, dinner, open bar and entertainment by the Paul Moore Band. Special presentation to the Society of Friends and a silent auction of Tommy Keenan’s 20 best photos of the Irish Memorial benefiting the Irish Immigration Center.


ALSO on October 8

10:30 AM
Men’s Gaelic Football | The Eddie Fitzsimmons Cup at the Limerick GAA Field
Irish Born footballers  Vs. American Born footballers

Opening Ceremony will begin at 10.30 am, which will include;
Introduction: Gerard Dillon – Philadelphia GAA Senior board chairperson
Remarks from: Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys
The Irish and American National Anthems

The game will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Limerick GAA Field, 485 Longview Road, Pottstown, PA 19468


Sunday October 9

10:00-11:00 AM

Mass and Blessing of the Irish Memorial

Location: The Irish Memorial

Noon-2:30 PM

Closing Event