Reflections on Identity by Geraldine O’Reilly I’ve just returned from a trip ‘back home’. Like many immigrants I have more than one place I call ‘home’; in my heart ‘home’ is Melbourne, Northern England and Ireland. Ireland has its share of problems but is generally a happening place. Its people are enjoying liberties long denied; …
By Frank O’Shea The word ‘amnesia’ was heard several times at the Famine round table in the Williamstown Town Hall on October 28. It was used to describe the way that Ireland seemed to have forgotten about the Great Famine of 1845-51 until it was brought to public discourse following the publication of Cecil Woodham-Smith’s …
A statue and a book to tell the story of the girls who left Mayo in the Great Famine to come to Australia.
1852 brought forth a remarkably vindictive climax to Irish Orphan vilification
That Trench was one of those responsible for the Famine exodus cannot be entirely excused by the fact that his motives were good, and that he felt this was a better solution than the humiliation of the workhouse and the cruelty of road-making.
Mary and Catherine Cunningham, along with the other Workhouse girls from Mountbellew, did not deserve to be forgotten.
We are aware that there are many people within our community who go beyond the call of duty, giving freely of their time and energy, to ensure that Irish culture continues to flourish.
Beside such extreme acts of violence, ordinary life was of course lived ordinarily, decently, by scores of citizens. The vast majority of people wanted no truck with the killing.
The Clan Chieftain is visiting Australia for the event.
All these events are indicative of the huge breadth of work that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is engaged in to support Irish communities worldwide.