The National Memorial to An Gorta Mór is located in Philadelphia Pa, USA.
This memorial commemorates the struggle and pain of those Irish who fled their homeland
in the face of a hunger of catastrophic proportions. It celebrates their courage that forged
an enduring link between Ireland and America.

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Join us at the Irish Memorial for St. Patrick’s Day

The Irish Memorial Board of Directors cordially invites you to the 11th Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of our Irish Ancestry and An Gorta Mor. Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 11:00 am Saint Patrick’s Day! Front and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA All are Welcome! For additional information: Kathy McGee Burns, 215.872.1305...

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The Monument

The monumental bronze is designed as a dynamic arc filled with movement. Approximately 12 feet high, 30 feet long, and 12 feet wide, the sculpture rests on a granite plinth 2 feet high and has the basic profile of a large wedge. The design suggests the multitudes with 35 life-size bronze figures arranged in clusters of vignettes. The monument’s flow depicts the starvation in Ireland, the people embarking for America and then the immigrants stepping onto American shores. The east end, suggesting a landscape, portrays the misery of the Irish Starvation. In contrast, the higher end, suggesting a ship, faces west as anxious immigrants dock in America and a number of figures rush forward in anticipation, full of hope and looking to the future of freedom and opportunity. The design is a true sculpture in the round, with engaging subjects and intriguing shapes seen from every angle. All of the figures are in period dress but are loosely modeled and impressionistic. The figures draw you close to experience the detail and expressions in the faces. Glenna, through this magnificent sculpture, has truly captured the essence of An Gorta Mór. Each time you view the monument you notice another subtle detail or experience the story of the Starvation from a different figure’s...

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An Gorta Mór – Ireland’s Great Hunger

To this day, all over Ireland the landscape bears mute testimony to the events that occurred in the horrific period from 1845 – 1850. Starvation graveyards offer silent tribute to the millions of Irish men,women,and children buried in unmarked mass graves. Thriving villages were replaced by heaps of moss-covered stones. Although historians have not agreed on the numbers who perished,most estimates range between one and three million. Following the passing of the 1800 Act of Union, which abolished the...

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