Heroine of the Irish Famine
The first meeting of 2015 of the
Irish Cultural Society will celebrate the life and accomplishments of Asenath
Nicholson, one of the many selfless people who helped during the Great Irish
Famine. The meeting convenes on February 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Garden City
Library, 60 Seventh Street, across the street from the Garden City Hotel. The meeting is free and open to the public.Professor Maureen Murphy is a frequent
guest speaker and an advisor to the Irish Cultural Society since its
founding. Indeed, Dr. Murphy has judged
the Society’s writing contest for over twenty years and is a frequent guest at
its Writing Awards Ceremony. She teaches in the School of Education at Hofstra
where she is the co-director of the Irish Studies Program. Dr. Murphy was the Director of the Great
Irish Famine Curriculum for New York State and is a past president of the
American Conference of Irish Studies.
Professor Murphy was one of the senior editors of the nine volume Dictionary of Irish Biography published jointly
by the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press. Well respected as an Irish Studies scholar,
Professor Murphy writes and lectures extensively. She is always a welcome guest at Irish
Cultural Society meetings. Click here to learn more about Professor Murphy.
The speaker will be Professor
Maureen Murphy of Hofstra University who will read selections from her book
about Nicholson, Compassionate Stranger.
Asenath Hatch Nicholson, an Evangelical
Christian, after an earlier tour of Ireland visiting the poor, returned in 1846
to bring relief to the most stricken districts of Ireland. Her account of her work, Annals of the Famine (1850), captures the individuals and events of
those turbulent years.
President Martin Kelly will invite all
of the Society’s members to march on March 1 in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in