Among the skyscrapers of Manhattan, a plot of Irish land rises from the concrete. On it, the ruin of a cottage, stone walls, soil and plants relocated from the Ireland, it’s easy to forget I’m in the City that Never Sleeps.
A completely unexpected scene, New York’s Irish Hunger Memorial delivers a peaceful, Irish hillside that also commemorates the terrible conditions that forced many Irish to leave their lands and disperse across the globe.
For anyone with Irish ancestry, it gives them a bit of their heritage. Not only does it look like someone picked up a patchwork square from the Irish landscape and dropped it on the edge of the city, it includes a stone from every county in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The county name engraved on each rock, turns the visit into an ancestral county rock hunt that also draws attention to the plants rooted in the transported Irish soil… heather, blackthorn, heath and gorse… all from Ireland.
The memorial works to raise awareness of hunger and famine worldwide and is located in Battery Park City at the west end of Vesey Street. CLICK FOR PHOTOS>>
Click the photos below to view a slideshow of all the county stones featured in the Irish Hunger Memorial (my apologies to Armagh, I missed photographing your stone – if anyone visits there, send me a pic… it’s at the top of the hill):