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Launch of “Welcoming the Stranger” at DIT Grangegorman

Posted: 3 July, 2015

A new book about the Irish emigrant experience in Britain was launched at DIT Grangegorman by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for the Diaspora.

Welcoming the Stranger: Irish Migrant Welfare in Britain since 1957, by Dr. Patricia Kennedy, was commissioned by the Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants and Prisoners Overseas.  Bishop John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert and Chairman of the Commission, also spoke at the launch which was attended by many people who have had a long association with migrant work.

Welcoming the guests to the event in St. Laurence’s on the new DIT campus Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, gave a brief outline of the history of the Grangegorman site and spoke about the amazing opportunities it now offers to a new generation of students.  Professor Norton went on to pay tribute to the work of those working on behalf of emigrants around the world.  In particular he thanked the chaplaincy in San Francisco whose staff and volunteers provided assistance to those affected by the tragic accident in Berkeley, including DIT students.    

Appropriately, Welcoming the Stranger was launched last month in London where the work of the Episcopal Commission first made its mark.  Paying tribute to the tremendous work of so many clergy, nuns and lay people who helped Irish migrants to Britain, Bishop Kirby said the story of has lessons for today, including the fate of the thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

Welcoming the Stranger: Irish Migrant Welfare in Britain Since 1957 is published by Irish Academic Press.