Make a St. Bridget’s Cross • Feb 10
Irish Marvels, Past and Present will be making Bridget’s Crosses this year at the UICC, on February 10, from 2:30 to 4:30.
ILHS February Speaker Series • Feb 25
Irish Literary & Historical Society presents Hernando Torres-Fernandez, Consul General of Peru and Robert O’Driscoll, Consul General of Ireland in “The Soul of the Potato”.
The potato originated around Lake Titicaca in the High Andes of Peru and has been consumed by Andeans for 8000 years. Europeans first encounter with the potato was probably by Spanish Explorer Francisco Pizarro in 1502. The potato then traveled by a circuitous route first to Spain, then England around 1560 and on to Ireland and other countries before coming back across the Atlantic to the Virginia Colony in North America in 1621. Being so easy to plant and so nutritious, the potato spread around the world and is now a major security food in Russia, India, China and Africa. Hernando will describe the important research at the International Potato Center in Lima, where the cause and remedy of the potato blight of the Great Famine was discovered. An 8 minute film, “Potato Biodiversity”, will be shown. UICC, 5pm more
ILHS St. Patrick’s Banquet • Mar 11
The Literary & History Society’s Saint Patrick’s Banquet this year commemorates the SF Irish Labor Movement, honoring former ILHS Board Chairman Edward Callanan at the UICC. Tickets and information at ilhssf.org or email event chair Maureen Barry