"Dreadful Wreck of the Mexico on Hempstead Beach." (Nathaniel Currier lithograph, Metropolitan Museum of Art.)

Upcoming on Long Island

On Thursday of next week, April 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tom Phelan and other Freeport authors will read from their works at Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Rd., Freeport, N.Y. Refreshments will be served.  Phelan, an Irish Echo columnist, is the author the acclaimed memoir "We Were Rich and Didn't Know It" and six novels. Register for the event here.


On Saturday morning, April 20, the Irish Family History Forum’s meeting will feature a talk entitled “The Wrecks of the ‘Bristol’ and the ‘Mexico.’” The presenter will be Arthur Mattson, Lynbrook village historian and author of “Water and Ice.”

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In early January 1837, one of the worst shipwrecks in New York history occurred. Off Nassau Beach on Long Island’s south shore, the ship “Mexico” became stranded in freezing weather. A total of 116 people, mostly Irish immigrants and crew members, succumbed to the icy cold. Six weeks earlier, the ship “Bristol" had been wrecked off Far Rockaway. Nearly 100 Irish and English immigrants drowned. 

The meeting will feature the usual format, beginning at 10 a.m. with the main presentation at 10:45.. The venue is Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Ave, Bethpage, N.Y.

Zoom access is available for members. For details go to the website at ifhf.org.