"Hunger and Famine: Lessons from Irish History"

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"Hunger and Famine: Lessons from Irish History"

Time: February 21, 2016 from 3pm to 6pm
Location: Convent of the Sacred Heart
Street: 1177 King Street
City/Town: Greenwich, CT
Website or Map: http://irishlecture.eventbrit…
Phone: (203) 416-1333
Event Type: irish, famine, lecture, &, catholic, charities, centenary, wine, cheese, reception
Organized By: Francis Browne, Jim Dougherty, Carl Shanahan and Catholic Charities Fairfield Co.
Latest Activity: Feb 10, 2016

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In the mid-19th century, Ireland suffered years of profound deprivation. Whether you call it An Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger, or the Famine, we can agree that the Irish learned the devastation of poverty and hunger through this historical period, and migrated in droves to America as a result.

The daughter of Irish immigrants  -- Marguerite Boylan, PhD -- founded our local Catholic Charities 100 years ago.  Her commitment and dedication to work with the vulnerable and all those who live in the shadows of our society clearly were formulated through the Irish experience and perspective.

The Famine may be history now, but poverty is not, so come for …

•A lecture given by Christine Kinealy, PhD, founder of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute and renowned author of the compelling graphic novel “The Bad Times”
•A historical exhibit demonstrating 100 years of Catholic Charities and its impact on our community to alleviate hunger and poverty
•A wine and cheese reception to follow

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