Oregon Famine Memorial Monument on Memorial Day

For several years the All-Ireland Cultural Society has laid a floral wreath at the Oregon Famine Memorial Monument on Memorial Day. The walk to the monument has been accompanied by a piper. This year it will be Tim Birr. Jim O’Connell and JJ Grealish will present readings to remember our ancestors who died in the Famine.
We encourage all members, their families, and others of Irish descent to attend this beautiful ceremony. This will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th. We will assemble at 9 a.m. near the Famine Memorial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery (click for directions) at the intersection of W. Burnside and SW Skyline. You can’t miss it! The monument itself is a 13-foot sandstone Celtic cross.

Hope to see you there!

AICS Appreciation Dinner 2017

Nearly 40 AICS members and guests joined together on a sunny May 21 for a dinner to appreciate the efforts of all who helped make the past year a success.

Irish Language Services

Dr. Séamus Dillon from Cork, Ireland, wrote that he is offering online language classes (at all levels) to interested people.  He also offers other services such as translation, proofreading, consultancy, research, etc.  Check out his website at https://irishlanguage.wixsite.com/ilcres.

Ireland leads in value of imports to Oregon

This appeared in the most recent edition of the Portland Business Journal:

While international exports are a well-known economic driver and matter of pride for Oregon, Oregon also imports from abroad a substantial volume of goods, largely to supply the same manufacturers and growers producing the cherished exports.

In a surprise move, the tiny Republic of Ireland has climbed from No. 8 last year to No. 1 this year with imports to the state valued at $3 billion, a 425 percent increase. Now that’s a lot of Guinness —or more likely, a lot of processors and controllers for electronic integrated circuits, the state’s No. 1 product, representing 19 percent of import value and 30 percent of export value last year.