SOMALIA COLLECTION (2011.08.05)
On Sunday last the parishioners of Banogue and Croom contributed to Trocaire Collection to support the worst famine recorded by the United Nations and acknowledged by every parish and diocese in the country. There was a tremendous expression of generosity by the mass goers at all the masses. The Irish people have an implanted memory of out forbearers who left our homes and shores during one of the darkest famine periods in Europe during the mid 40s of the 1900s. Black 47 is always being recalled when the potato blithe destroyed all the potato crops. People made there way to Cobh and boarded their boat and ship for the United States of America. Many did not make the journey, as they would have died on route. The transport ships were known as ﾓCoffin Shipsﾔ The records of those who landed on the east Coast are documented in the first port of call, Ellis Island where the Stature of Liberty is recognisable to all. The names of those who passed that way are well documented. The famine period is a permanent memory to the Irish people and when the television screens show the scenes of Kenya and Somalia it brings a shiver to the spine of everybody. The Irish are one of the best in the world to contribute to worldﾒs disasters.