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Irish Famine Memorial

A beautiful memorial. Definitely worth seeing. It's near the Freedom Trail. It's a very touching tribute to the Irish and what they endured to get to America.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful memorial. Definitely worth seeing. It's near the Freedom Trail. It's a very touching tribute to the Irish and what they endured to get to America.

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

We found this memorial accidentally while walking the Freedom Trail. It's definitely something that is worth checking out. Take 10 minutes, read the plaques that are part of the memorial and learn some interesting history. The famine is directly tied to Boston because many of the people who left Ireland, ended up settling down in Boston. This was definitely a... More 

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Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Found this as we were walking the freedom trail . The connection between Ireland and Boston is obviously very strong and this is an excellent bronze memorial to commemorate that .. The famine was a terrible thing that blighted the nation and sent so many if it's people to foreign shores . The memorial is the thing to make you... More 

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Germantown, Tennessee
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

We came upon this memorial as we walked the city and paid our respects to an important part of history.

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Reviewed 5 November 2016

While walking the Freedom Trail in Boston you can find this memorial across the street from the Old Corner Bookstore. It is an important and moving memorial to "An Gorta Mor" or "The Great Hunger," as the Irish potato famine is known. This is a significant event in Irish history as nearly 40% of Ireland's population was lost to death... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

This very touching memorial makes one think about tougher times and the difficulties in getting adjusted to the US. They state there that Irish could not apply to jobs when they were new to the country. Hopefully their descendants don’t treat new comers as their ancestrals were treated. Anyway, it is forbidden to eat or smoke inside the little area,... More 

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Langley, South Carolina
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Having the benefit of Irish ancestry and a natural curiosity about my roots, I was more than a little startled when I ran across this beautiful little remembrance of the Irish Potatoe Famine. This event forced the Irish to emigrate to the U.S. The two statues have an intrinsic and soulful beauty and the memorial plaque is highlighted by their... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

This 2 statue memorial set doesn't get the press it deserves. It's got a great story and we really enjoyed the statues and message. You should check this one out.

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Boston, MA
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

There was a time when agriculture failed for the Irish, as it did for the Syrians recently. Study about it before visiting the Boston Irish Famine Memorial on Washington Street. Oh, there are bagel places nearby, where you can get a quick, hot, satisfying snack on a budget.

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Reviewed 12 June 2016

I get the point of a memorial and it should honour human sacrifices and loses, but seeing that skin and bone girl on her knees is just too real for me. Maybe it's me, but I think this could done be better.

Thank James A

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