Irish Minister of State visits Hyde Park Barracks

 

 

Yesterday we were very honoured to have Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport from Ireland, visit the Great Irish Famine Memorial at Hyde Park Barracks. Minister O’Donovan is touring Australia and New Zealand as a part of a ‘Promote Ireland’ campaign around St Patrick Day.

 

His visit to the Irish Famine Memorial at Hyde Park Barracks was led by Dr Trish Strong, Chair of the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee. “The Hyde Park Barracks has a very special connection with Ireland, both through the Irish Famine Memorial and the role the site played in housing Irish orphan girls in the late 1840s” said Dr Butler-Bowdon, Director, Strategy & Engagement for Sydney Living Museums and who also took part in the tour. “It was wonderful to be able to share some of these stories with the Minister and discuss how important both the Memorial and the site is to the local Irish community.”

Those in attendance were were;

Patrick O’Donovan T.D, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport

Brendan O’Caollai - The Irish Ambassador to Australia

Jane Connelly - The Irish Consulate General (Sydney)

Dr Trish Strong - Chair of the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee

Rebecca Guerrero - Head of Macquarie St. Portfolio (SLM)

Caroline Butler-Bowdon - Director, Strategy and Engagement (SLM)

Ministerial and Consulate staff