The Potato Famine and the Coming of the Irish to America

2020 Speaking Tour

If you are one of the over 34 million Irish-Americans, come hear the stories of your ancestors. 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. It was a time of great injustice when over one million Irish died. But it was also a terrible blessing for over one million Irish who fled to America and survived.

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February 26, 2020 - Waterville Ohio Library 7-8 pm

February 27, 2020 - Rochester MI. Library 7-8:30 pm

March 3, 2020 - Ann Arbor MI Library 7-8 pm

March 7, 2020 - Colon Twp. MI Library

March 9, 2020 - Centerline MI Library

March 12, 2020 - Maumee OH Library

March 24, 2020 - Marshall MI Library

March 29, 2020 - Bedford MI Library

The Potato Famine & The Coming of the Irish to America

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St. Findlay, OH 45840

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Way Public Library 101 East Indiana Ave., Perrysburg, OH 43551

Tuesday, June 11, at 7 pm.

If you are one of the over 34 million Irish-Americans, come hear the stories of your ancestors. 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. It was a time of great injustice when over one million Irish died. But it was also a terrible 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 Christmastime dinner conversation about his ancestors led author Mr. O’Leary on a four year journey to write historical novels Irish Crossings: Caitlin & Paddy’s Story and Irish Crossings: Danny’s Story. Mr. O’Leary’s five critically acclaimed, realistic coming-of- age novels focus on teenagers facing a family crisis.

Irish American Festivals - Summer 2019

Visit with Irish American author Terence O’Leary at Irish Festivals this summer. Mr. O’Leary will talk about his books and speak on, ‘The Potato Famine and the Coming of the Irish to America.’

Motor City Irish Fest-Historic Greenmead, Livonia, MI

June 8-9, 2019

United Irish of Dayton Celtic Fest – Riverscape Metro Park in Downtown Dayton, OH

July 27-28, 2019

Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, OH

August 2-4, 2019

Milwaukee Irish Fest, Henry Maier Festival Park

August 16-18, 2019

Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Riverplex, Pittsburgh, PA

September 6-8, 2019