Daley & Halligan Bicentennial Schedule of Events & Community Read Calendar
March 17, 2006 Professor Michael White, author of The Garden of Martyrs Keynote Speaker to kick-off "On the Same Page" Community Read Program:
March 19, 2006 Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade Daley & Halligan Bicentennial Float Presented by the Northampton St. Patrick's Association.
March 31, 2006 Waking Daley & Halligan. A night to honor Daley and Halligan with readings, Irish storytelling, along with a traditional Irish seisiun @ The Harp Restaurant, Sunderland Road, North Amherst @ 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by The Harp
April 2, 2006 Daley & Halligan Dramatic Reading @ 2:00 p.m. at Smith College, Wright Hall, Northampton. Reading and reception, with traditional Irish seisiun. Sponsored by Smith College. Tickets available with State Street Fruit/Cooper's Corner, Smith College or Evelyn McCoy (413) 586-6564
April 9, 2006 Daley & Halligan Dramatic Reading @ 2:00 p.m. at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center, 19 Temple Street, Worcester. Co-sponsored with the Elms College Social Justice Theatre. Followed by traditional Irish seisiun. Sponsored by the Hibernian Cultural Center and Elms College Tickets available with Evelyn McCoy (413) 586-6564 or Rosemary Foley (508) 853-2452
April 10, 2006 Death Penalty in Hampshire County: Daley & Halligan to the Present Federal Courts First Churches, Main Street, Northampton @ 7:00 p.m. Panel discussion with Honorable W. Michael Ryan, William Newman, Esq. and David Hoose, Esq. Co-sponsored with the Northampton Human Rights Committee, Greensboro Justice Fund, Mass. Citizens Against the Death Penalty
April 23, 2006 Professor Michael White Book Readings & Discussion
May 1, 2006 Law Day Daley & Halligan: Teaching Tolerance-Lessons from the Past An educational program focusing on our justice system and contemporary issues raised by the Daley & Halligan case. Speakers include U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor, Honorable W. Michael Ryan, and Rev. Dr. Andrea Avayzian. Old Hampshire Courthouse, Gothic & Main Streets, Northampton @ 9 a.m.-12:00 noon. Co-sponsored with the Hampshire County Bar Association. Remarks by Chief Justice Charles R. Johnson
June 2, 2006 Daley & Halligan Family Picnic @ 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by Hampshire Sheriff Robert Garvey and Hampshire Register of Probate David Sullivan @ Hadley Young Men's Club, East Street, Hadley Tickets: $15 Children Free
June 4, 2006, 200th Anniversary Mass @ 3:00 p.m. @ St. Mary's Catholic Church, 3 Elm Street, Northampton
Daley & Halligan Tribute Reception @ 4:30 @ Historic Northampton
46 Bridge Street, Northampton Tickets available at State Street Fruit/Cooper's Corner or through Bicentennial Committee members Tickets: $25
June 5, 2006 Inter-Faith Service to For Justice and Reconciliation @ 5:30 at First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main Street, Northampton, followed by Parade to Memorial Site, West Street. Co-Sponsors: Churches and Synagogues of Pioneer Valley, Daley & Halligan Bicentennial Committee, Northampton Human Rights Commission
September 23, 2006 Western Massachusetts CeltFest, Pines Theatre, Look Park, Northampton 12 noon -8:00p.m. This Celtic Music Festival promises to attract the premier Celtic musicians and bands from around New England. All proceeds to benefit the Daley & Halligan Memorial Fund.
More Community Read and Bicentennial Events
April 19th @ Noon-4:00 Celebrate Irish Culture with Irish Folktales, Crafts, Music and Stepdancing Children's program Forbes Library, Northampton
March 21 @ 10:30 Irish Children Tales Storyteller Diana Norman will shre stories from Ireland along with crafts and snack Emily Williston Memorial Library
March 28 @ 6:30 The Flavors of Ireland- Cooking Class and Dinner Chef Jennifer Winick, For The Health of It, @ 111 Pleasant St, Southampton A delicious cooking class celebrating Irish culinary heritage. Explore traditional ingredients from land and sea as you prepare delicious dishes such as: Roasted Potato-Dulse Soup, Beef & Vegetable Stew with Guinness, Irish Soda bread, Spring greens Salad with cider Dressing, and Kerry Apple Cake
April 3 @ 6:30 Speaker Judith Kappenman, SSJ Learn about The Elms College Irish Cultural Center @ Easthampton Council on Aging, 19 Union Street, Easthampton. The Elms ICC offers an incredible array of cultural and educational programs, including trips. Learn more about their offerings with a slide show presentation from their Executive Director, Sister Judy.
April 20 @ 3:00 Traditional Irish Gaelic Children's Songs with Caera Aislingeach
@ Emily Williston Memorial Library Easy traditional Irish Gaelic children's songs can be taught to adults as well as children. Some songs involve extra fun, such as accompanying movements or nonsense words in the chorus.
April 20 @ 6:30 Celtic Concert by Caera Aislingeach @ Emily Williston Memorial Library Caera plays a clairseach, a brass-strung harp modeled after historical harps of Ireland from the Middle Ages, and sings all three Gaelic languages as well as other languages. Caera performs a variety of songs from different time periods and places. She has collected such comments from her audiences as "Now I know the Angels sing in Gaelic"
Northampton Book Discussions
Robertos Date: Thurs. April 6 @ 7:00 p.m. Bill O'Riorda. Pizza and Refreshments: Sponsored by Roberto's and Sylvester's Restaurants
Forbes Library -Lisa Downing:Date: Wednesday, March 29 @ 7:00 p.m. Lisa Downing and Blaise Bisaillon. Refreshments: Sponsored by Friends of Forbes Library
Florence Civic Center Date: Friday, April 21 @ 7:00 p.m. Honorable W. Michael Ryan, Chris Kennedy. Refreshments: Sponsored by Czelusniak Funeral Home
Lathrop Communities Date: Friday, April 28 @ 2:00 p.m. Bridge Street, Northampton. Frank Heston and David Sullivan. Refreshments: Sponsored by Register David Sullivan
Northampton Council on Aging Date: Tuesday, April 11 @ 1:00 p.m.. Linda Desmond & Kay Sheehan. Refreshments: Sponsored by Linda Desmond
Easthampton Discussion locations
Emily Williston Library Date: April 13 @ 6:00 p.m. 9 Park Street. Becky Plimpton-Marconi. Refreshments: Sponsored by Kevin's Vintage Electronics-eBay Sellers
Immaculate Conception Hall Date: April 4 @ 7:00 p.m. 33 Adams Street. Maureen Sheehan. Refreshments: Sponsored by Greater Easthampton St. Patrick's Association
Amy's Place Date: April 25 @ 7:00 p.m. Cottage Street Lynn Eaton, Hon. Michael Ryan. Free Appetizers: Sponsored by Emily's Friends of the Library
Williston-Northampton School Date: April 23 @ 6:30 with Professor Reed Camus Center. Michael White Book Reading and Discussion. Dodge Room
Lathrop Community Date: April 21 @ 2:00 p.m. Bassett Brook Drive. Emily Williston Librarian and David Sullivan. Refreshments: Sponsored by Lathrop Community
Amherst Book Discussions
Jones Library Date: April 27 @ 7:00 p.m U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor. Refreshments: Sponsored by Friends of Jones Library
Newman Center Date:April 18 @ 7:30 N. Pleasant St. Father Doug McGonagle. Refreshments: Sponsored by Bresnahan Insurance
The Harp Date: March 31 @ 8:00 p.m. Waking Daley & Halligan Sunderland Road, North Amherst Mark Power, Representative Ellen Story and special guests
South Hadley Discussions
South Hadley Public Library Date: Monday April 24@ 6:30- 8:00 Margaret Howe-Soper
Odyssey Book Store Fiction Club Date: Monday March 20 @ 7:00 p.m. Joan Grenier
Meekins Library Discussion Date: Wed March 29 @ 7 p.m. Bill O'Riordan and James Cahillane Refreshments: Sponsored by Meekins Library
Edwards Public Library Date: Tuesday, April 18 @ 6:00 p.m. Sara Woodbury and Brigid O'Riordan. Refreshments: Sponsored by
Historic Dates to Daley & Halligan Tragedy
On June 3, 1806 The Hampshire Federalist, a Springfield newspaper, published an article, prior to the execution, reporting that "on Thursday last about a half mile West of the place where the unfortunate Marcus Lyon was murdered, his pocket book was found containing several promissory notes of hand to him, some for small sums, dated at Cazenovia, others dated Connecticut. The book was discovered in some bushes in a field near the road"
This Hampshire Federalist article was only recently unearthed from historical research, completely undermining the Commonwealth's theory of the case, that being the robbery by Daley and Halligan of Marcus Lyon's person. Despite this highly exculpatory evidence being public knowledge the two young men were sent to the gallows, their requests for pardons having been summararily denied.
On June 4, 1806 Prior to Daley and Halligan's exection, Father Jean Cheverus traveled from Boston to comfort the two young men in their final days. Father Cheverus celebrated the first Catholic Mass in Northampton history. This liturgy was shared with Daley and Halligan in their jail cell the night before their execution.
On June 5, 1806 at 3:00 p.m. Dominic Daley and James Halligan were executed in Northampton, Massachusetts before a crowd of spectators estimated to be almost 15,000 persons.
Contents Historic Northampton.