Celtic family pays tribute to Irish famine victims in Philadelphia
By: Mark Henderson in Philadelphia on 11 Aug, 2012 14:38
ANTHONY Stokes accepted a presentation from the Irish Famine Memorial Committee on behalf of Celtic following a poignant and moving ceremony in Philadelphia on Friday.
As Celtic supporters pour into the city of brotherly love for today´s glamour friendly with Real Madrid a group of fans held a rally and blessing at the city´s Irish memorial at Penn´s Landing.
The remarkable sculpture, which was built almost 10 years ago, vividly brings to life the tragic human history of An Gorta Mor.
While it commemorates the misery and suffering of the millions who died and were forced to flee their homeland, it also recognises the great contribution Irish immigrants have made in the new world.
After an opening speech by Celtic supporter and event organiser, Seamus Cummins, Marist Brother, Brice Byczynski, spoke about Celtic´s founder Brother Walfrid and offered a blessing.
John Donovan of the Irish Famine Committee then presented lithograph prints of the original design of the Philadelphia monument to Stokes, Brother Brice and journalist Phil Mac Giolla Bhain.
There were also speeches from Phil Mac Giolla Bhain, and Kevin Boyle, a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, before the event concluded with a rendetion of the Fields of Athenry.
Pictured above, from left, at Philadelphia´s Irish Memorial, are Seamus Cummins, Anthony Stokes and John Donovan.