ART EXHIBIT DEPICTS SUFFERING FROM THE GREAT HUNGER

“Tragedy and Triumph: Art Illuminates the Great Hunger” was featured on the St. John Fisher Campus from January through March, 2020.


The display of sculpture and visual arts came from the collection of the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University. Fisher alumnus Ryan Mahoney is executive director of the museum.

Ryan Mahoney describes the exhibit and his work at the hunger museum at an opening ceremony in January.

Arts program director MJ Iuppa examines one of the sculptures  during the exhibit's opening ceremony in January. Iuppa brought one of her classes to the event.

IRISH LEGISLATOR HOSTED ON FISHER CAMPUS

Eamon O Cuiv also grandson

of Irish leader Eamon de Valera

Eamon O Cuiv, a member of the Irish Dail(legislature), visited the St, John Fisher College campus as part of his stay in Rochester around St. Patrick's Day, 2019. He was to Rochester invited by local Irish organizations to serve as honorary grand marshal of the St. Patrick's parade held on March 16.

He also spoke about Irish politics and, in particular, ethics and public life as the featured speaker for Fisher's annual Thomas More Lecture on March 18, 2019. Read more about the event from the Fisher College News service.

FISHER MARKS YEATS ON 150th ANNIVERSARY

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The 13th Annual World Philosophy Day Event at St. John Fisher College Thursday, Nov. 19 and Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 focused on the theme “W. B. Yeats at 150: A Celebration.”  Marking 150 years since his birth in 1865, this program explored one of Ireland’s most notable literary and historic figures.

2014 CONFERENCE EXPLORES "EIRE ON THE ERIE" (CANAL)

   A daylong conference on Friday Oct. 17, 2014 examined the role which Irish immigrants played in the building and sustaining of the Erie Canal, and how this work helped to foster the Irish communities in Upstate New York.
    Organizers of the conference, called the The Éire on the Erie,
have worked closely with the
 
Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, with the goal to encourage Irish-Americans in New York to explore their heritage, learn more about the importance of the canal, and how the canal project helped shape the lives of their ancestors.Sessions through the day explored those themes, and the event ended with a concert by the folk duo of John and Joe Dady performing selections from their Songs of the Erie Canal album.
  The conference was sponsored by the Irish Studies Department of St. John Fisher College with support from Dr. Donald Bain, College President; the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; and the Rochester-Waterford Sister Cities Golf Tournament.

FISHER STUDENTS ARE GALWAY BOUND

A farewell reception for nine St. John Fisher students who will be spending spring 2014 semester studying in a new program at the National University of Ireland - Galway was held on campus Dec. 10. They were joined by faculty, staff and administrators, as well as guests from Hobart and William Smiths Colleges, Fisher's partner in the program.
 
The program will be held under the direction of Fisher Irish Studies director Tim Madigan. He and the students leave for Ireland on Jan. 7.

FISHER HOSTS IRISH STUDIES CONFERENCE

The American Conference for Irish Studies Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting was at St. John Fisher College Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th.
 
Use the button at right to download a 4-page PDF of all conference activities.
 
For more information about the American Conference for Irish Studies,
visit the ACIS website at http://www.acisweb.com/index.php.

 

S​t. John Fisher College’s Irish Studies Program Director Dr. Tim Madigan organized an all-day conference Oct. 28, 2013 centered on Irish author Bram Stoker's depiction of the Count Dracula vampire story.  The multidiscliplinary study examined Stoker's 1897 novel in the context of its connection to Irish culture and politics as well as other aspects of vampires in popular culture.
 
Click here for further details, including a photo gallery

CONFERENCE EXPLORES THE IRISH VAMPIRE

 

The conference was presented with the support of the New York Council for the Humanites

FISHER REPRESENTED AS DOUGLASS PLAQUE UNVEILED

Representatives of Fisher’s Irish Studies Program were on hand as a plaque honoring the visit abolitionist (and Rochester resident) Frederick Douglass made to Ireland in the 1840s was unveiled in Waterford on Oct. 7, 2013. News coverage in Irish and US media included stories by:
Munster Express                               Irish Times
Irish Journal                                       Yahoo News
News 8 (Rochester)                          (UK /Ireland)

O'RORKE 150TH MEMORIAL TAKES PLACE JULY 2, 2013

S​t. John Fisher College’s Irish Studies Program participated in and helped organize a 150th anniversary memorial to Col. Patrick O'Rorke, a Civil War hero from Rochester.
O'Rorke led a Union Army  regiment comprised mostly of Irish men from Rochester, and was killed leading his soldiers into battle to stop a Confederate advance on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg – July 2, 1863. The memorial on July 2, 2013 took place near his gravesite in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, and was timed to concide with the exact anniversary of his death shortly after 6 p.m.
 
Further details, including a photo gallery and video from the events

A uniform that had belonged to Col. Patrick O'Rorke's was on display next to his grave during the ceremony memorializing the 150th anniversary of his death during the Battle of Gettysburg.

‘IRISH GATHERING’ HELD MAY 19 2013

Music, literature and especially history were the focus of a full day of activities at St. John Fisher College on Sunday May 19, 2013 recalling the Irish famine years known as The Great Hunger. The event was called “A Rochester Gathering,” to help connect it it to the Irish Gathering 2013 taking place as a series of events around Ireland.
It was sponsored by the Rochester Chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute and St. John Fisher’s Irish Studies Program.
Further details and photo galleries of the day

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Fisher sophomore Erin Mosher; her mother, Mary Mosher; and Fisher Irish Studies Director Dr. Tim Madigan at a reception for students who will be spending a semester in Galway, Ireland overseen by Madigan.