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Ireland’s $1m thank you for Native American act of kindness during potato famine in 1847

Irish donations to a Native American community battling COVID-19 with limited resources have now topped $1m (£768,000), reports David Blevins, senior Ireland correspondent at Sky News.

Flooded with responses from one place, organisers of the Navajo and Hopi Families Relief Fund feared their online appeal had been hacked. But messages being posted with each pledge revealed the Irish were repaying a debt from the best part of two centuries ago.

In 1847, at the height of the potato famine, the struggling Choctaw community had sent $170 (£130) across the Atlantic to Ireland.

Naomi O’Leary, Irish Times Europe correspondent, explained: “Getting help from so far away created a bond and a memory of that historical kindness that endures to this day. It’s remembered in Ireland…

Nearly 27,000 Irish people have donated online the Navajo and Hopi Families Relief Fund and dozens more by post, essentially a $1m thank you for that historical act of kindness.

Source: Sky News. Read the full report here
Photo: The Choctaw community sent $170 (£130) to Ireland at the height of the famine | Sky News

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