A bit of Ireland in New York

As a disclaimer: These photos were taken during a visit in February/March 2016, so this post may not be representative of this site today.


Irish Hunger Memorial

This memorial is located in a tiny park near the One World Trade Center tower, and it is dedicated to raising awareness about the Great Irish Hunger, which is known as An Gorta Mór in Irish. It lasted between 1845 and 1852, and it caused over a million people to starve to death.

The memorial was begun in 2001, and was completed and dedicated in July of 2002. It was designed by Brian Tolle, landscape architect Gail Wittwer-Laird, and the architecture firm 1100 Architect.

Stones, soil, and native vegetation of the western coast of Ireland was brought for its construction, as well as stones from every Irish county. The structure at its center is an authentic Irish cottage from the 19th century, and was brought over from Carradoogan. Deserted in the 1960s, it was donated by the inhabiting family, the Slacks, in memory of all the past generations of the family who had emigrated to America and fared well there.

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