Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
An Gorta Mor
An Gorta Mor 1845 – 1852
For those lives claimed by it
and the Irish Immigrants
that survived and relocated
to the United States.
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
Hudson County, N.J.
[ Back of Monument: ]
Dedicated to the sacred memory of thousands of Irish who, in order to preserve their faith, suffered famine and exile. The potato blight in Ireland was exasperated by a cruel, non-caring and inept foreign government. As a result, Children of Gaels died in their thousands having fled the laws of foreign tyrants and the artificial famine in the years 1845-1852.
Let this monument be a token to their name and honor from the Gaels of America. God save Ireland.
An Gorta Mor still stands as one of the most devastating famines in modern history.
Erected by The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick - Hudson County, N.J.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters.
Location. 40° 43.475′ N, 74° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07304, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jersey City Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Farrier Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln Park (about 400 feet away); Mystic Lincoln (approx. ¼ mile away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rt. Rev. Msgr. Roger A. McGinley (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jane Tuers (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Bergen Church (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. The monument is a granite Celtic Cross on a base. The sides of the base contain a map of Ireland and a St. Bridget Cross. The front of the monument features various Irish images, including St. Patrick, a church, a mother with her starving children, and ships used by the Irish to immigrate to America.
Also see . . .
1. An Gorta Mor: The Great Hunger. (Submitted on May 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Account of the Irish Potato Famine. (Submitted on May 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 793 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.