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Mission and Board

2016 International Great Hunger Commemoration Philadelphia, PA
October 6-9

Presented by the Irish Government’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Hosted by The Irish Memorial, Inc.

Host Committee:
Honorary Co-Chairs:

Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland
James F. Kenney Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Managing Committee for the Irish Memorial, Inc.
Kathleen McGee Burns, President
Robert M. Gessler, Vice President
John F. Donovan, Secretary/ Treasurer
Francis J. Moran, General Counsel
James J. Coyne, President Emeritus
Kathleen M. Sullivan, Past President
Academic Advisor:

Christine Kinealy, PhD, founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute


  • To provide a forum for the latest critical thought on An Gorta Mor, The Great Hunger, often referred to as The Irish Famine
  • To promote the establishment and expansion of Irish Studies Programs throughout the Delaware Valley
  • To celebrate the rich and diverse nature of the Irish Community
  • To establish a virtual repository wherein a multi-media representation of the presentations of the symposium can be accessed going forth in time