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The Irish Memorial / Leacht Cuimhneacháin na nGael

 
 
The Irish Memorial / Leacht Cuimhneacháin na nGael Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 22, 2017
1. The Irish Memorial / Leacht Cuimhneacháin na nGael Marker
Inscription.

Erected to commemorate An Gorta Mór -
Ireland's Great Hunger of 1845 - 1850
when more than one million Irish
were starved to death and another million
forced to emigrate. We celebrate the
indefatigable spirit of the Irish that enabled
them to triumph over tragedy.
with the opportunity to use their innate talents
in a free country, the survivors and their
descendants contributed in great measure
to the development of this nation.

Remembrance
The hunger ended
but it never went away
It was there in silent memories,
from one generation
to the next,

The time to take away
the silence has come,
to commemorate,
to mourne what was lost
to celebrate what survives-
without apology or fear.

We have it in our power
not only to remember
what took place but to relive it...
To find in the hungry and lost,
not a different race...
but the faces of our ancestors...
An image of ourselves.

Peter Quinn


 
Erected 2002 by Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Location. 39° 56.871′ N, 75° 8.522′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County.
The Irish Memorial / Leacht Cuimhneacháin na nGael image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. The Irish Memorial / Leacht Cuimhneacháin na nGael
Marker is at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Front Street, on the right when traveling east on Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: I-95 Park (100 South Front Street), Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Starvation (a few steps from this marker); An Gorta Mór - Ireland's Great Hunger (a few steps from this marker); Arrival and Reception (a few steps from this marker); Passage and Emigration (a few steps from this marker); The Potato Blight - Its Origin (a few steps from this marker); Ireland's Past - A Prelude to Disaster (a few steps from this marker); The Lessons of The Great Hunger (a few steps from this marker); The Irish in America (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Irish Memorial [Philadelphia]. (Submitted on March 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Irish in America: The Long Journey: The Great Hunger (Documentary on YouTube). (Submitted on March 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Out of Ireland: The Story of Irish Emigration to America. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Famine Detail on The Irish Memorial Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Famine Detail on The Irish Memorial Sculpture
Starvation or Emigration Detail on The Irish Memorial Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Starvation or Emigration Detail on The Irish Memorial Sculpture
Arrival in a New World Detail on the Irish Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
5. Arrival in a New World Detail on the Irish Memorial
The Irish Memorial / Leacht Cuimhneacháin na nGael image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. The Irish Memorial / Leacht Cuimhneacháin na nGael
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 136 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on March 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 28, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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