'An tOcras Mór' The Great Hunger.

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'An tOcras Mór' The Great Hunger.

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both parents born in Ireland.

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Reply SWIFTY
10:35 AM on April 8, 2010 
If you have any problems with the site please done hesitate to ask me for assistance
Swiftty
Reply kevinfitzsimons
9:08 AM on April 8, 2010 
Well John that is a valid questions. What do we hope to achieve besides recognition of what really happened during The Great Hunger? Well the first thing that comes to mind is truth...and that is no small order to achieve because of the enormous task at hand. We have to try to reconstruct the past much like a archeologist--by digging down deep, under a century and a half of lies, omissions, denials, and betrayals. We have to cope with and overcome many factors that make this task difficult...I don't know if you ever read Orwell's '1984' John but I feel a bit like Winston Smith fighting against Big Brother. So you can see 'Truth' is a tall order but certainly worth working for.
The second reason I would give to your query is this: Justice has no expiration date.....what we are now is a direct result of what happened to our ancestors back then, and so we are a result, the product of a determined, systematic, regime that tried to wipe off the face of the earth our Irish heritage, our national identity, our religion, our language, our self-esteem, our land, our property, our rights......in a word, everything Irish. Some say it isn't right to bring these things up because it can't be constructive; it can create bitterness and intolerance, but a better question is what will it do if we don't address it now? And I'm not talking here about restitution or bloodshed....I'm talking about moving on and never forgetting what humanity is capable of; and so the issue of truth and justice is not just about Ireland/England...it is about human decency and respect as opposed to callous greed and intolerance. So just for the sake of humanity and its moral progress our task here would be justified. The only way out is through John and you can't get out until you know exactly where you were and were you are and where you need to go. And, even though there is hope for peace in Ireland's North...this drive for the truth, justice, and decency shows that we of Irish blood and spirit will not let the past happen again nor will we let it be forgotten...not as a message of bitterness and retribution but one of faith in humane values and human rights. I hope that answered your question somewhat John. But remember that what I have said is only 'my' opinion about it....my reason for being here and helping with research and information...everyone should ask themselves why this site is important for themselves...no one can answer for what the individual heart holds.
best wishes John
Reply kevinfitzsimons
3:50 PM on April 5, 2010 
John:
Welcome! We are delighted to have you here and to have your help spreading the message of truth and justice. Your contributions and insights are more than just welcome, they are necessary! So thanks again for joining!
PS: And please help us by spreading the word and inviting others to join us as well! :o)
Reply SWIFTY
7:34 AM on April 1, 2010 
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