Irish Studies News
Three faculty were honored with prestigious awards from the College during Commencement Weekend.
On Sunday, March 24, the St. John Fisher College Irish Studies Program and the local chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI) will host the book launch for Irish America Reawakening: The Eoin McKiernan Story,
written by McKiernan’s daughter, Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler.
On Monday, February 25, the Irish Studies Program hosted a guest lecture by Reverend Bill Shaw, OBE, Director of the 174 Trust, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He presented, “Building Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland: A Personal Perspective.”
“Frederick Douglass in Ireland,” the 2nd annual Irish Studies Conference, brought about 450 people to campus on February 22, including Douglass himself.
St. John Fisher College will host its 2nd annual Irish Studies Program Conference during Black History Month to celebrate and honor the legacy of Rochester’s own Frederick Douglass.
St. John Fisher College has received a $7,967.00 grant from the New York Council for the Humanities to support the “Frederick Douglass in Ireland” conference in 2013.
St. John Fisher College and the Col. Patrick O’Rorke Memorial Society dedicated a new bust of Colonel Patrick O’Rorke in Lavery Library on Saturday, September 23. The event attracted a crowd of 120 and included Civil War re-enactors, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Knights of Columbus, the Emerald Society, and the Irish American Cultural Institute, a representative from West Point, and several Fisher faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. Tim Madigan, Associate Professor of Philosophy, visited Rochester’s sister city, Waterford, Ireland, in late August, and his trip was covered by The Munster Express, the leading daily newspaper in Waterford.
St. John Fisher College and the Col. Patrick O’Rorke Memorial Society will be holding a Col. O’Rorke Memorial Dedication event on Sunday, September 23, at the College. The event will begin with a Memorial Mass at Murphy Chapel at 10:00 a.m., followed by a procession to the Irish Famine Memorial on campus.
On Thursday evening, May 17, 2012, Dr. Donald Bain, President of St. John Fisher College, was honored by the Rochester Chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute with the Eóin McKiernan Achievement Award. This award was given to Dr. Bain in recognition of his commitment and dedication to the development of Irish education.
Sun., May 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Please join the Irish American Cultural Institute and the St. John Fisher College Irish Studies Program for a commemoration of the victims of the Great Irish Famine of 1845-50. Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny will be awarded the IACI Eoin McKiernan Achievement award. Christine Kinealy, a much-published expert on the Irish Famine, will be giving the keynote and also a workshop session. Mary McPartlan, a Fulbright Scholar from Galway will share her award-winning folk music at the luncheon and during two sessions.
Additionally, John O'Sullivan will address the question: “Was the Famine Genocide?” Dennis Hogan will help people track ancestors who may have been famine emigrants. Cushle Mo Chroi will present songs that recall the Great Hunger. Bernard Hart will share a variety of literature that has focused on the Great Famine. Fionnuala Regan will share stories from County Mayo where the first deaths from the Famine were recorded. Elizabeth Osta and vocalist Kitty Forbush will...