Annual Breakfast to be Held October 30

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. The public is welcome to attend this annual event.

Please join us on Sunday, October 30 at 10:00 am at the Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke. Tickets: $20 ICC Patrons and $23 General. They will not be sold at the door; please call the ICC for more info or to reserve your place at a table: 413-333-4951. Or download and mail in the order form.

Dr. Mary C. Kelly, our featured speaker, will present “Empowering Exile: Irish-American Intellectual Culture from the Great Famine to the 1916 Rising.” Dr. Kelly will explore key aspects of the Irish-American nationalist tradition between the Famine and 1916.

Dr. Kelly is a historian of the Irish-American immigrant experience and its transatlantic foundations. She graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway, with a Modern Irish History M.A., and from Syracuse University with a Ph.D. in Modern American History. She is Professor of History at Franklin Pierce University, NH, where she has taught for almost two decades. Since publishing The Shamrock and the Lily: The New York Irish and the Creation of a Transatlantic Identity, 1845-1921 (2005), she has pursued themes of identity and transatlantic connections in Irish-American history. Her latest book is Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). Dr. Kelly continues to explore the nexus of faith and politics in current research on Irish-American involvement with 1916 and the Irish Revolution. Professor Kelly was honored with a 2014 Keene State College President’s Outstanding Women in New Hampshire Award and the 2016 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Committee Ambassador Award.