Monthly Archives: February 2015

Famine Fundraising Around the Globe

It can be argued that the Famine was the first natural disaster (albeit one capitalized upon by London) to spur international fundraising.  A few examples: Irish in NYC (where they were a quarter of the population) sent home approximately $900,000 … Continue reading

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Grosse Isle, Canada, and the Death of Ellen Keane

Father Bernard McGauran immigrated to Canada in the 1830s.  In 1847, he led over forty priests who (along with Anglicans) saw to the sick and dying of Grosse Isle.  At least four priests died (a small percentage probably because they … Continue reading

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