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Boston Irish Famine Memorial
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Ranked #135 of 425 things to do in Boston
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Reviewed 15 August 2018

a moving monument commemorating the wave of Irish immigrants arriving in the Boston area to escape the famine in Ireland. The signage around the monument was very informative and the statues were striking. Just off the Freedom Trail across from the Old Corner Bookstore and the Old South Meeting House, it is easy to find.

Thank Nick D
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Reviewed 4 August 2018

If you are on the Freedom Trail this memorial is worth walking through and reading about it's purpose. It's meant to show a family that is on the verge of starvation in Ireland but healthy and growing while living in America. It is quite sad and inspiring at the same time.

Thank jesselodge
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Reviewed 3 August 2018

The statues are beautifully done and there is information on the Famine with signs asking to show respect by not feeding birds in the memorial. It looks as if at least everyone that day, if not all the time, respect that.

Thank Sandy Z
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Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

I saw this monument last time we came to Boston and didn’t pass comment at the time. It succeeds in reminding people of the tragedy of the famine forcing many people to emigrate. It is also a focus point and there were a lot of people sitting and chatting nearby.

However it struck me that this is an odd place for a memorial - it may have some historical significance, but would have thought that a more prominent location say in Boston Common would be more apt. Also, isn’t it a bit incongruous to have a memorial to starvation outside a Walmart? Again the monument may have been there before it opened, but still, the juxtaposition is very odd.

Thank Ian g
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Reviewed 28 July 2018

I was a bit foxed when I first came across this beautiful memorial as I've never come across a memorial commemorating such in Ireland and have visited many times. That said this is a wonderful memorial not least as it provides some narrative setting out Boston as one of the key places to which Irish people emigrated in order to escape the famine back home - a famine starting circa 1845 from which the Irish population in particular has still not recovered.

As ever this is a thought provoking area where more than once you'll find yourself thinking, if not saying, 'there but for the grace of god ....'

Do take the time not only to look at the sculptures on display but also to read each and every one of the tablets which relay the experience of the time. Then sit and contemplate such. You and they deserve it !

Thank Steve T
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