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“Escaping Poverty and in search of Posterity: The James Hack Tuke Assisted Emigrants from the West of Ireland in New England in the 1880s”

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THE JAMES HACK TUKE EMIGRANTS – A lecture by Dr. Gerard Moran, Sunday, April 3rd 1:15 pm at The Irish Cultural Centre of New England (200 New Boston Dr, Canton, MA 02021)


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A free online conference will be held Saturday October 30th 2021 at 1.00 p.m. (Irish time) entitled JAMES HACK TUKE – MAKING CONNECTIONS.

The conference can be accessed live on Galway Beo Facebook page  and Galway Beo YouTube Channel 



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HEROES of IRELAND’S GREAT HUNGER Edited by Christine Kinealy, Jason King and Gerard Moran

“The tragedy that struck Ireland between 1845 and 1852 is often viewed through the lens of cold-hearted bureaucrats, greedy merchants or indifferent landlords who put profit, principles of political economy, and prejudice against the Irish poor, above the need to save lives. This ground-breaking volume examines the contributions of the numerous men and women who risked their lives—and sometimes their livelihoods—in caring for the sick and the starving.
This publication examines the uplifting contributions of numerous individuals who combatted hunger, famine and disease in the mid-nineteenth century in order to save the lives of strangers. At a time that the world is struggling with the deadly COVID pandemic and its aftermath, these stories are a tribute to all forgotten or nameless caregivers and front-line workers.
Despite these generous interventions, over one million died in Ireland from disease and starvation, another 2.1 million left Ireland between 1845 and 1855, more than had emigrated from Ireland over the previous two-and-a-half centuries. While some names might be familiar due to the large body of research undertaken on the Great Famine since 1995, a number will be less so. Individually and collectively, their contributions to saving the people from starvation and death and giving them hope cannot be understated, nor should the personal and professional sacrifice that they made on behalf of the Irish poor be forgotten.
Christine Kinealy is Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. Jason King is Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National University of Ireland, Galway and Gerard Moran is an Emeritus Researcher at the University of Galway. “

Cork University Press


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Sharing a link to view a new documentary:

Emigrant descendants of James Hack Tuke’s migration schemes from Counties Mayo and Galway during the “Forgotten Famine” of 1879-1882 pay tribute to the Quaker Philanthropist who rescued their ancestors from poverty to start new lives overseas. 

 There is an open invitation to join a post-show discussion with the film makers on Zoom on Sunday, October 25th at 7pm Irish Time, 3pm Eastern Standard Time in North America (more details via the link)


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Families of Erris (Belmullet area) and Achill, County Mayo, travelled together on the ships of the “Allan Line” directly from Blacksod Bay 1883-84, sharing those life changing journeys together.  A bond was formed that still exists today. Thank you to Margaret Lynch, IAAS (Irish American Archives Society)   Cleveland for highlighting the Tuke Emigration. The aim of Blacksod Bay Emigration is to continue re establishing a bond with descendants of the families of our Erris and Achill communities!

Podcast Series: Episode 21 ‘FROM MAYO TO NEWBURGH AND THE ANGLE’



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The focus on the Great Hunger has overshadowed other periods of famine and food shortages in Ireland and their influences on a society in which poverty, hunger, emigration, and even death, were part of the life cycle and not unique to the 1840s.

This book features Essays from the June 12–15, 2019 Conference of the same title at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. You can find the book online at  Cork University Press and Amazon

Edited by Christine Kinealy and Gerard Moran

Christine Kinealy is Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. Gerard Moran is an Emeritus Researcher at the University of Galway.


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United States Eastern Time Zone 6.00 p.m – (Ireland 11.00 p.m.)

Symposium on James Hack Tuke at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota

by ionaddeirbhile

There will be a Symposium on James Hack Tuke (1819-1896), at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota on Saturday 14th March 2020. An Exhibition entitled James Hack Tuke: ‘Quaker, Philanthropist and Friend to Irelands Poor,’ will be on view at the event.

The exhibition, to commemorate the bicentenary of James Hack Tuke’s birth, was officially launched in March 2019 at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. 


10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.: Presentation: “Any Small Power” A Tribute to James Hack Tuke by Jane Kennedy
11.00 a.m. – 12 Noon: Reception with light food/refreshments in the O’Shaughnessy Library where the Tuke exhibit is located
1.00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. “The Music of Emigration” by Charlie Heyman.
2.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Tour in the library
3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Fr. Sanders will moderate a panel on the Impact of Assisted Emigration
There will be an evening reception at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul.

Famines in Ireland Before 1845 and After 1852

by ionaddeirbhile

A Conference will be held at at Quinnipiac University, Hamden Co.  Connecticut,  June 12–15 2019

“Famines in Ireland Before 1845 and After 1852”

The schedule is also there for Saturday morning June 15th and this section will focus on James Hack Tuke and be held at Quinnipiac University’s York Hill Campus. There is also an exhibition titled, James Hack Tuke: Quaker, Philanthropist and Friend to Irelands Poor. The exhibition will be located in the Arnold Bernhard Library, (Quinnipiac University) and run until September 2019.

Unfortunately we are unable to make it this time. Representatives of Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre, attended a Conference there in 2014 and received a great welcome. It is a good opportunity to meet up with other descendants, who share a common bond and who may be there.

Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower to Pennsylvania. SS Nestorian

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Highlighting a comment received for the post: Ned, Bridget (Deane) Lavelle, Inver, Knocknalower. The Lavelle Family were Ned, and Bridget with their children Bridget 18, Anthony 16, Ned 14, Martin 12, Sabina 8, Peter 7 and Mary 6

Comment :  Sabina (Binnia) Lavalle Kenney is my grandmother! She passed in June 1957 before I was born. You can tour the mine that they worked in Ashland Pa. Its both fascinating and humbling experience going down in the mine. My family will be visiting County Mayo this August. Needless to say I am very excited to discover my personnel connection and looking forward to visiting the center