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“Nice thought buta bit dramatic”

Boston Irish Famine Memorial
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Ranked #141 of 419 things to do in Boston
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

This memorial was meant well but the drama of the starving children looks too dramatic. It was a terrible time, many children did suffer and starve but there is something about this memorial that seems a little forced.

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Reviewed 27 November 2017

I know that many people have have expressed reservations and complaints about the contrasting sculptures of a starving Irish family and a prosperous, well-fed Irish immigrant family in this "pocket park" in the city of Boston. the fact remains that many Irish people were woefully underfed and died in Ireland during the famine of over 150 years ago. and while it's true that not every immigrant family found prosperity here in the US, they were able to eat and survive. I like the park, sculptures and informative plaques for their artistry, information and appreciation of what my ancestors endured at the hands of an unyielding and uncompassionate government - and while many were forced to leave their homeland they sought and found freedom. I think the Memorial is inspiring. I also like the one in Cambridge and will write about that one as well.

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Its an interesting concept for a memorial. There were many waves of Irish immigration here in Boston. But the statute is often covered in pigeons and their droppings.

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Reviewed 25 November 2017

Nice statue shows two families , one looking back as if to remember the hardships of the Famine . quick visit close to downtown crossing on washington street at school st

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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Statue with pigeons hanging out , really not much of a wow factor . Not worry planning a trip just to see however if your in the areas then it’s okay.

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