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The Wreck of the Brig St. John and Its Commemoration, 1849 to present

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

The Brig St. John left Galway in early September full of Irish famine refugees when it was wrecked in a nor'easter on Grampus ledge off Cohasset, Massachusetts on October 7, 1849.

Catherine B. Shannon is Professor Emerita of History at Westfield State University where she taught courses in Irish, British and European history. She also taught Irish history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Arthur J. Balfour and Ireland, 1874-1922 and her most recent publication is on the role of Lord Randolph Churchill in Irish affairs during the Home Rule era in The Churchills in Ireland, 1660-1965. Shannon has published a number of articles on the role of women in the Northern Irish conflict and peace process. She was the first woman President of the 275 year old Charitable Irish Society of Boston and also served as President of the Eire Society of Boston.

Introduction by Professor Joe Lee

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