Individuals involved with the memorial

The People and Organizations

To memorialize the 150th anniversary of The Great Hunger (An Gorta Mor), and inspired by the more than 44 million Americans who claim Irish heritage, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations from the public and private sectors launched a campaign to promote, fund, and construct a memorial to the victims and survivors of one of the most catastrophic events in the world’s history. The project was completed and dedicated in October 2003.


The Board of Directors

Kathleen McGee Burns, President

Robert M. Gessler, Vice President

John F. Donovan, Sec./ Treasurer

Francis J. Moran, General Counsel

James J. Coyne, President Emeritus

Edward Costello

Michael J. Flynn

Robert S. Hurst

Thomas P. O’Malley

Director’s Emeritus

Hon. Edward J.Bradley

John J.Dougherty

Patrick J. Gillespie

John J. Luke, Jr.

Drew J. Monaghan

John J. O’Connell

Thomas O. Peterman

Kathleen M. Sullivan

James J. White IV



Rev. Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J.
Former President, St. Joseph’s University

Hon. Edward G. Rendell,
Governor of Pennsylvania,
Mayor, City of Philadelphia,


Sponsoring Organizations

Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

The Brehon Law Society

The Emerald Society

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Irish Heritage Society of South Jersey

The United Irish-American Societies of the Delaware Valley

The Alliance of Italian American Associations


Glenna Goodacre

Landscape Architect:
Pauline Hurley-Kurtz

Architect of Record:
The Delta Group

Construction Manager:
Michael J. Flynn, Drumlish Construction

General Contractor:
J.J. White, Inc.

Project Manager:
Edward J. Armstrong

Amman & Whitney

Environmental Graphic Designers:
Dermot Mac Cormack,
Patricia McElroy, & 21xdesign


Director of Public Relations

Terri O’Connell

Honorary Committee

Hon. Robert A. Borski

Seamus Boyle

Hon. Robert Brady

Hon. Mark B. Cohen

John F. Collins, A.S.L.A.

Hon. Thomas C. Corrigan, Sr.

Hon. Thomas W. Dempsey

Francis P. Devine, Esq.

Rev. David R. Drain, DDV

Anthony DiSandro

John Dougherty

Michael Driscoll

Michael J. Flynn

Hon. Vincent J. Fumo

Frank H. Guinn, DO

Harry Halloran

Robert Heenan

Hon. Timothy F. Hennessey

Mario Incollingo

Hon. William F. Keller

Hon. George T. Kenney, Jr.

Hon. James F. Kenney

Mary Kilroy

Hon. Susan Laughlin

Hon. Marie A. Lederer

Thomas A Leonard, Esq.

Hon. Jim Lynch

Hon. Keith R. McCall

Hon. Eugene F. McGill

Ned McGinley

Geoff McKernan

Michael P. Meehan, Esq.

Kathleen Mulhern

Mr. & Mrs. Morey Myers

Hon. Dennis M. O’Brien

James P. O’Brien

Michael G. O’Neill

Frederick S. Osborne

Hon. John M. Perzel

Charles P. Pizzi

Peter A. Quinn

Hon. Harry A. Readshaw

Charles J. Reilly

Hon. Matthew J. Ryan

Hon. Frank A. Salvatore

Hon. Rick Santorum

Hon. Michael J. Stack, III

David W. Sullivan Ed.D.

Hon. John J. Taylor

Edna Holt White

Hon. Chris Wogan

George S. Young