Tuesday, November 16th 7 PM
The Roots of Irish Immigration: & Its Impact on Lima
By Elizabeth Osta
Local writer and author, Elizabeth Osta, will give a ZOOM presentation on her book, Jeremiah’s Hunger, concerning 19th century problems in Ireland that led to large scale emmigration from the Irish homeland. She will expand on personal details and anecdotes of her own Irish ancestors’ immigration to and resettlement in Lima, along with so many others of their countrymen who came and found new homes and work in Lima during the mid to late 1800s.
When Jeremiah Buckley buries his baby sister and his mother in a hillside in County Cork in the midst of An Gorta Mor (the Great Hunger), his grief turns to rebellion and commitment to the land as he works to achieve a dream which will echo over the centuries and as far away as America. At the height of the Great Hunger of the 1840s, in the town of Ahadallane, north of Cork City, Jeremiah joins in the fight for Ireland´s freedom from British rule and learns firsthand the futility of violence. He watches and works as changes touch the land of his birth, his family, and his relationship with his lifelong friend Michael Riordan who disagrees with him about the path to freedom. Jeremiah´s journey carries him into the bare heart of his homeland where he endures the evils borne of domination. His hunger isn´t satisfied until he almost loses himself in his quest for land ownership and Ireland´s nationhood.
Join us on Zoom for a snapshot of Irish immigration to America through a local Lima lens focused on the many Irish families who risked everything, came to our town, and became accomplished and contributing members of Lima society. Everyone is welcome to join this virtual meeting. Please Contact Us on the LHS website if you would like to receive the link to the Zoom meeting. www.limahistorical.org or contact us by email. firstname.lastname@example.org