The People and Organizations

To memorialize the 150th anniversary of The Great Hunger (An Gorta Mór), and inspired by the more than 44 million Americans who claim Irish heritage, a dedicated group of the people & 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 (2017- 2018)
Robert M. Gessler, President
Norbert McGettigan, Vice President
John F. Donovan,** Sec./ Treasurer
Francis J. Moran, General Counsel
James J. Coyne, Jr., President Emeritus
Michael J. Bradley, Jr.
Edward P. Costello
Michael J. Flynn
Christine Kinealy, PhD
Kathy McGee Burns**
James J. Murphy, PhD
Kathleen M. Sullivan**
Rev. Edward E. Brady, Chaplain

Director’s Emeriti
Hon. Edward J.Bradley
John J.Dougherty
Patrick J. Gillespie
Robert S. Hurst**
John J. Luke, Jr.
Drew J. Monaghan
John J. O’Connell
Thomas P. O’Malley
Thomas O. Peterman
James J. White, IV
**Past President

Rev. Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J.
   Former President, St. Joseph’s University
Hon. Edward G. Rendell,
   Governor of Pennsylvania,
   Mayor, City of Philadelphia, 1992-2000


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

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:
21xdesign (Dermot Mac Cormack &  Patricia McElroy)

Director of Public Relations
Terri O’Connell