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Memorial recognised in Scottish Parliament

Glasgow’s first dedicated memorial to the dead and displaced of An Gorta Mór has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament.

Following the unveiling of The Tower of Silence on Sunday 25 July, Paul Sweeney MSP lodged a motion on Tuesday 27 July congratulating the community for this significant milestone. Echoing those who spoke at the unveiling event, the motion thanks Canon Tom White for providing a fitting site for the memorial and “recognises the economic, social and cultural contribution that the Irish diaspora have made to Glasgow and Scotland”. Further to the moving speech made by Jeanette Findlay, Chair of An Coiste Cuimhneacháin An Gorta Mór, the motion also commits to welcome all those fleeing to Scotland in our own time seeking shelter from war, famine, oppression and desperation.

A full replay of the event will be available to view at www.westreamitservices.co.uk/mor until 28 days following the unveiling.

A selection of photos from the day are now available in our online photo gallery.

Thank you once again to all those who contributed to the long process of commemorating our ancestors.

Photos from the unveiling event

Photo credits to Tommy Gilmour (Instragram: Tommy_darko1)

Additional tickets released for memorial unveiling

With the change in covid restrictions, we’re pleased to be able to offer additional free tickets to the unveiling of Glasgow’s first permanent memorial to An Gorta Mór.

The memorial will be unveiled in the grounds of St Mary’s in the Calton at 2pm on Sunday 25 July.

Ticket holders will still be required to follow current guidance on masks and physical distancing, and we’re hoping to be able to share a live stream or recording for those who can’t be there on the day.  

Book your free ticket now.

We look forward to marking this long overdue occasion with you.

Limited tickets available for memorial unveiling

We’re looking forward to unveiling Glasgow’s first permanent memorial to An Gorta Mór on Sunday 25 July.

Tickets are now available for those who would like to be present on the day. These tickets are free of charge but numbers are limited to allow us to abide by covid restrictions. We are working on plans to live stream or record the event for those who aren’t able to join us on the day and will share details when we can.

Book your free ticket now.

We look forward to marking this long overdue occasion with you.

Memorial Site Announcement

Thank you all for your patience but after more than two years of working away in the background to find a suitable site for a permanent memorial in Glasgow to An Gorta Mór, we are very pleased to say that the Irish Voice on Wednesday of this week (20/9/17) will carry the good news that a site has been chosen.  This breakthrough in a two year logjam means that we can now press ahead with the long-awaited design competition and the programme of fundraising and educationals which we have been unable to progress in the absence of a site.

We were happy to give our friends in the Irish Voice this ‘exclusive’ and we hope many of you will snap up the print copy as a nice souvenir as well as get online early on Wednesday to find out the news.

After Wednesday’s announcement there will be nothing between us and a permanent and fitting memorial except a lot of fundraising and hard work.  We are up for it and we know you are too!

Glasgow Remembers!