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The Potato Famine and the Coming of the Irish to America


Tuesday March 3, 2020: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


2020 is the 175th Anniversary of the Irish Potato Famine.

Ireland awoke to the beginning of the Great Hunger in 1845. Experience the heartbreaking stories of the Irish during the five long years of the Potato Famine. While it was a time of great injustice when more than one million Irish died, it also became a tragic blessing for over one million Irish who fled to America and survived.

Terence O'Leary, an Irish-American author, was born in Chicago, Illinois, but has spent his teenage and adult life in Northwest Ohio. A graduate of the University of Toledo with a degree in Journalism, English and Psychology, O'Leary's 5 critically acclaimed, realistic coming-of- age novels focus on teenagers facing a family crisis.