Sunday live performance to profit native Catholic, Irish monument – Leisure – The Every day Telegram – Adrian, MI

ADRIAN — Two organizations that commemorate Irish-Catholic heritage will host Blackthorn in live performance Sunday, Oct. 20, for a day of conventional Irish music.

The St. Patrick Division No. 1 of the Historic Order of the Hibernians and Our Girl of Knock Historic Order of Hibernians are internet hosting the live performance, which is at three p.m. on the Siena Heights College music corridor. Tickets are $30 and can be found on-line at or by contacting native Historic Order of Hibernians or Our Girl of Knock members.

Blackthorn is a Michigan-based greatest conventional Irish band. They’ve launched many albums all through the years and are inducted into the Michigan Irish Corridor of Fame, a information launch mentioned.

Proceeds from the occasion will profit the An Gorta Mor Monument Preservation Fund of the Lenawee Neighborhood Basis.

One of many biggest accomplishments of the Lenawee County chapter of the Hibernians was to assemble donations and construct the An Gorta Mor monument, also called the Nice Starvation Memorial. It was devoted Sept. 9, 2004.

The monument, which is made up of 32 slate blocks, is at St. Joseph Shrine on U.S. 12 within the Irish Hills. Ken Thompson of Flatlanders Sculpture Provide and Artwork in Blissfield sculpted the monument, which incorporates two pillars with a lintel from the steps of Penrose Quay in County Cork Harbor, the place the Order of the Hibernians’ ancestors stepped off to board onto ships to discover a new life in the USA.

The 32 slate blocks signify the unique counties in Eire. They’re all engraved with the county names in each English and Gaelic. Underneath every block are stones introduced again from people who have visited the respective county.

“Just a little bit of every county in Eire is with us on the monument,” mentioned Gary McCullough, president of the Historic Order of the Hibernians in Lenawee County.

The empty bowl within the monument represents the dearth of meals and starvation the folks needed to endure.

The Historic Order of Hibernians is the oldest Catholic fraternal group on the planet, based on the information launch. Its beginnings in the USA have been in New York Metropolis and the coal mining areas of Pennsylvania and in Could 1836.

The order may be traced again to a sequence of comparable Irish societies relationship again greater than 300 years.

“Initially the teams helped to guard the clergymen, however as a result of that’s not mandatory anymore, selling Irish heritage and the mission of feeding the poor is what most teams work on all year long,” McCullough mentioned.

The Historic Order of the Hibernians grew out of the potato famine of 1840-50, which led to its migration to the Americas and different western international locations.

“Throughout these years, as many as a million folks died from hunger and illness, attempting to make it throughout the Atlantic,” McCullough mentioned.

Each the Order of the Hibernians and Our Girl of Knock are at all times in search of new members. The necessities to affix both group encompass being Catholic and Irish, by both delivery or respectable.

For these trying to be part of both group, or for extra data on the Hibernians or Our Girl of Knock, McCullough may be contacted by calling 517-902-4689.

“The boys’s group is in dire want of latest members to proceed our mission of feeding the poor,” he mentioned within the information launch.