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Welcome to New Orleans Irish Famine Orphans Society

About Us

While there are many organizations that exist to exalt our Irish heroes and leaders, there is none that give voice to least of our ancestors, the Irish orphans.  Some came to America already orphaned by the famine of Black ’47, others were left fatherless when 8,000 Irishmen died digging New Orleans’ Basin Canal.  These orphans have been forgotten; orphaned once again by all of us who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The Irish Famine Orphans Society exists to remind us that, while the Irish have risen to the highest height of politics and society, many of our ancestors came from the humblest of beginnings.  We intend to care for their memories as our Patron St. Margaret Haughery, the Mother of All Orphans and the Bread Lady of New Orleans, cared for their lives.  By celebrating their tragedy, we exalt the triumphs of the Irish in America.  We are now officially designated as a 501(c)(3) charity.  Our goal is to carry on Margaret's tradition of feeding the poor.  

Merchandise & Donations


Please see our ever-growing Merchandise page for cool swag.  All proceeds benefit our healthy snack program.  Payment can be made via Paypal to neworleansifos@gmail.com or by check payable to "NOIFOS" and mailed to our address noted below.  We also accept donations for ANY of our charitable programs.  We are a 501(c)(3) corporation so all gifts are tax deductible.


Upcoming Events

BYO Picnic & Croquet Tournament

Membership & Food Drive

Sunday, May 20th - The Fly

Please bring non-perishable food items for our high school weekend take-home packs.  Peanut butter and juice boxes are in most demand, but anything healthy for kids is appreciated!

Also, please see our Teddy Bear Drive page and consider bringing a new or gently used teddy bear for the cause!

Sweet Sack Decorating Party

Membership & Food Drive

Sunday, June 24th - Tracey's Irish Pub

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Contact Us

New Orleans Irish Famine Orphans Society

3421 Chestnut St, New Orleans, LA 70115