Tom Power's work with Sydney's Irish Community recognised in 2014 Australia Day honours

29 Jan 2014

Tom Power’s indefatigable contributions to the Irish Community here in Sydney have been recognised nationally with the awarding of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) earlier this week, ‘For service to the Irish community, particularly through commemoration of the Great Irish Famine.’

Originally from Tipperary, Tom has been involved with many community activities across Sydney, but he is best known for his work in the establishment of the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee which, with Historic Houses Trust of NSW, commissioned the world renowned Famine Memorial at Hyde Park Barracks in Macquarie Street Sydney.

The Great Irish Famine Memorial remembers the million people who died during the years of the Great Irish Famine and also the many famine survivors who emigrated from Ireland to Australian shores, especially the more than 4000 young ‘orphan’ girls who arrived under the Earl Grey scheme between 1848 and 1850.

The memorial was inaugurated in 1998 by President of Ireland Mary McAleese, and has been visited by former Irish President Mary Robinson in 2002 and President Mary McAleese in 2003.

The Great Irish Famine Commemoration gathering for 2014 will be held on Sunday 31 August @ 12.30pm.

The Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee wesbite http://www.irishfaminememorial.org/