The ICC’s Annual Breakfast is a great opportunity to meet and mingle, with good food, pleasant company, and a review of the year’s activities and progress at the ICC. The public is welcome to attend this annual event.
Please join us on Sunday, September 30 at 10:00 am at the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. $25 for ICC Patrons and $30 for the general public. Order tickets online, or call the ICC at 413-333-4951. Order early! They will not be sold at the door.
Journalist Eileen Markey, our featured speaker, will present “Memory Compels Us: Irish American History as a Call to Solidarity.” Tyranny. Forced migration. Poverty. Xenophobia. Religious bigotry. These conditions describe both the early experience of the Irish in the U.S. and the current reality of newer arrivals. The journeys our people traveled are undertaken again, in different guise. Markey will mine episodes in Irish and Irish American history for hope, techniques of resilience and models of solidarity, drawing links to the struggles and joys of communities that find themselves where we once were.
Springfield native Eileen Markey is a writer and reporter whose work focuses on social movements, public policy and the stories of people far from power. She’s particularly interested in issues of memory, history and storytelling. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, New York Public Radio and America Magazine, among other publications. She’s the author of A Radical Faith: The Assassination of Sr. Maura (Nation 2016) which tells the true story of an Irish American woman’s involvement in struggles for justice in Central America. Markey teaches journalism at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York. She lives in the Bronx with her husband and two sons.
The breakfast menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, Belgian waffles with strawberries and maple syrup, fruit and pastry platters, coffee or tea, and a Mimosa or Bellini.
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