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The Shores of Amerikay: How Archbishop John J. Hughes and the Sisters of Charity of New York Met the Needs of Ireland’s Famine Refugees - A Presentation by Turlough McConnell

America’s Irish Famine immigrants were more likely than previous arrivals to be malnourished, unhealthy and members of broken family groups, often children who ended the voyage alone. Irish children needed to be housed, fed and educated. In response, New York’s Archbishop, John J. Hughes, and the Sisters of Charity, created institutions for these unfortunates. An attempt in the early 1840s to secure public funding for New York City’s Catholic schools resulted in furor and the creation of New York’s non-sectarian Board of Education. Working in tandem with Hughes, the Sisters of Charity in New York (SCNY) opened, staffed and grew schools, orphanages and St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Informed by primary sources from the archives of the SCNY and Archdiocese of NY, and the collections of Columbia University, McConnell’s presentation focuses on the critical days when refugees from Ireland’s Great Hunger flowed into the United States.

McConnell is a producer and writer with over two decades of experience as a creative program executive in the Irish-American market. As president and CEO of Turlough McConnell Communications, he produces live events, multimedia products and documentary films of interest to Irish America, including exhibitions such as Proclaiming the American Story due to open later this year at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum Dublin.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 3:00pm

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum
3011 Whitney Avenue, Hamden CT 06518 USA

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