Talk by Dr Padraig Kirwan: The Story of the Choctaw Indians and Irish People
Date: April 21, 2016
Venue: London Irish Centre
Join us in looking back into Ireland's history, and our transatlantic exchanges.
In the winter of 1847, as the people of Ireland were being struck by a devastating famine, the Choctaw Nation gathered together what meagre funds they possessed following their traumatic forced removal from their tribal homelands during the Trail of Tears. Ultimately, they scraped together $170. Rather than buy badly needed resources – food, housing, and clothes – the tribe made the altogether remarkable decision to send the money to Ireland’s starving poor.
Dr Padraig Kirwan will retell that powerful narrative, and will do so in order to examine notions of charity and empathy between the poor, the dislocated and the transient.