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Glasgow’s first memorial to An Gorta Mór

Over one million people fled starvation conditions in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. Around one in ten of them made their way to Glasgow. And yet Glasgow, unlike other diaspora cities, has had no permanent memorial to those who died or were forced to emigrate.

Until now.

The Coiste Cuimhneachain An Gorta Mór (Great Hunger Memorial Committee) has come together to build a fitting monument to the memory of those who were forced to flee their homes and those who were starved to death by the British government and British ruling class.

Our design competition attracted some immensely talented sculptors and artists, and we would like to thank them for the powerful and moving tributes they proposed.

Following a public consultation, we selected John McCarron’s design “The Tower of Silence” to be erected in the grounds of St Mary’s in the Calton, a church and an area with deep roots in Glasgow’s Irish community.

Thanks to your overwhelming support, we have achieved our fundraising target and the memorial is taking shape. We’re working on plans for the installation and will announce the date and details of events to mark its unveiling as soon as possible.

Join us here and on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our email newsletter, to keep up to date with progress on this long awaited memorial.

Thank you for your support. We are building it!

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