Get ready to immerse yourself in the tragic history of “An Gorta Mór – The Great Hunger” as we bring this event to life.
No natural disaster has ever impacted a nation as dramatically as “The Great Hunger” impacted Ireland, altering forever its population, its culture and its future.
But can it even be called a natural disaster, or were there human forces at work that increased the tragic consequences?
On August 9 at 7 p.m., the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley will examine the events known in Ireland as “An Gorta Mor” – the Great Hunger – as the Harp Museum of the ICCMV invites the public to view the spectacular multi-panel “An Gorta Mor” exhibit on loan from the Albany Irish-American Heritage Museum.
These meticulously-researched and professionally-rendered panels relate the plight of the Irish people in their fight for survival during one of the darkest periods in their history. From 1845 to 1851, nearly 1 million people died, and up to 2.5 million people emigrated to America. This moving display, told over 30 panels, traces the causes of the Great Hunger – both natural and political – and the relief efforts taken up by religious and civic-minded groups around the world, including in upstate New York.
The combination lecture/walking tour will be moderated by Mark Sisti, who has devoted decades to the study of Irish history and has taught Irish history courses at local colleges.
This event is free, but interested attendees are asked to register at EventBrite.