Bearing witness to The Great Hunger

At noon sharp, on Sunday, May 3, and under fair skies and warm weather, members of the Dutchess County AOH, Msgr. Sheahan Division One, assembled and, wearing their sashes, proudly took their places in the front pews of Our Lady of The Rosary Chapel, in Poughkeepsie.

Their purpose for being there was two-fold; one to attend a special International Famine Memorial Mass, in remembrance of An Gorta Mor, the Great Hunger, which took place in Ireland during the years of 1845-1851, leaving more than one million people dead, and another million emigrating to America, and other lands. That shameful event is one that must never be forgotten, nor ever happen again. Secondly, the Division was there to bear witness to its Annual Hibernian Hunger Project; and to present a check in the amount of $1,500 to the Hyde Park Food Pantry, to feed the hungry.

 

Division members present at the Great Hunger Mass were, from left, Susan Eagan, Stephen Ren, Jack Fedigan, Matt Fitzgerald, Jack Gensch, Jim Sweeney, Ken Brown, Bob Shepard, Mike Shepard, Pat Herligh, Glen Kelly, Mike Quinn, Mike Kelly. Seated from left, Noel Morris and Bill Schimpf.

Division members present at the Great Hunger Mass were, from left, Susan Eagan, Stephen Ren, Jack Fedigan, Matt Fitzgerald, Jack Gensch, Jim Sweeney, Ken Brown, Bob Shepard, Mike Shepard, Pat Herligh, Glen Kelly, Mike Quinn, Mike Kelly. Seated from left, Noel Morris and Bill Schimpf.