Duffy's Cut and The Arts - A Symposium

  • 11 Oct 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA


  • (Parents plus kids)
  • This includes a one year membership at Irish Network Philadelphia

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  • This includes a one year membership to Irish Network Philadelphia.

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In 1832, 57 Irish immigrants were hired by Philip Duffy to work Mile 59 of the Pennsylvania & Coumbia Railroad in Malvern, as part of what would become the "Main Line." Less than two months later, all were dead, thrown in an unmarked, mass grave. The true story of their deaths in now coming to light but is not yet complete. 

Join us for a wonderful day of food, fun, information and entertainment in support of Duffy's Cut at Immaculata University, where we will be joined by Anna McGillicuddy of the Consulate of Ireland, NYC
  • Funds raised will be used for Amtrak legal fees, soil core testing, excavation, DNA testing, and reburial.
  • Admission includes a hearty meal and beer/wine/soda --  catered by Tellus360.
The day's activities will feature:


1:45 - 2:15   Marian Makins

2:30 - 3:00  Pat Kenneally

3:15 - 4:00  Vince Gallagher

4:00 - 4:30  Rosaleen McGill

5:30 - 6:15  Mickey Coleman (w/ Joe  Devoy"The Ballad of John Ruddy" poetry reading)

6:15 - 7:00  Irish Mist

Bill & Frank Watson on bagpipes, display of Jennifer Bellor's Duffy’s Cut, a chamber opera in one act, and more . . .


2:30 - 3:30 PM  Duffy's Cut & The Pennsylvania Railroad

Panelists: Dr. William Watson, Rev. Frank Watson, Members Philadelphia Chapter, PRRT&HS; Earl Schandelmeier,

4:00-5:00 PM Duffy’s Cut:  Why It Matters


Walt Hunter, CBS3 - Eyewitness News Reporter Walt Hunter was the first news reporter to cover the Duffy's Cut story.

Bill Daly , VP  Warner Brothers (retired)

Pat McDade, Actor; Film Studies Professor, Drexel University

Bill Daly and Pat McDade have formed a company, duffyscutfilm, llc, and are currently working on a feature film about Duffy's Cut.


2:00 - 2:24  Kristin Walker – reading excerpts from her forthcoming novel, Between Darkness and the Tide, inspired by Duffy’s Cut.  Audience Q&A.

3:00 - 3:45  Kelly Clark – reading excerpts from her forthcoming novel, Duffy’s Cut – A Novel.  Audience Q&A.

5:30 - 6:00  John Bohannon - selected poems from Barmaids of Tir na Nog


1:00; 5:50  Music Video - Kilamine Saints - 57

1:10;  4:45  The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut (60 min)

3:30; 6:00  Death on the Railroad (60 min) 


2:15 - 3:15  And just in time for Halloween -- Marita Krivda and Mal Whyte performing ghost tales of Duffy's Cut.

12:00 - 5:00  DUFFY'S CUT MUSEUM

Open to all.  Artifacts from the actual dig.

Diorama of 1830s track construction, on loan, courtesy of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA

Stay tuned for updates, but find out more about the importance of Duffy's Cut here:

Smithsonian Magazine

University of Pennsylvania Museum News

New York Times

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