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.

Live stream and in-person information for Sunday’s unveiling event

After so long, we’re counting down until the unveiling of Glasgow’s first permanent memorial to An Gorta Mór this Sunday. Here’s all you need to know:

Watch a live stream

If you don’t have a ticket to join us on the day, the event will be livestreamed from 2pm on Sunday. Please visit www.westreamitservices.co.uk/mor and follow the on-screen instructions.

Information for those attending

If you’ve booked your free ticket to join us on the day, here’s what you need to know:

  • – The event will start at 2pm and is outdoors at St Mary’s, 89 Abercromby Street, Glasgow, G40 2DQ
  • – Commemorative programmes will be available for £5. This cost will contribute to future improvements on site. Please note we can only accept cash payments
  • – The majority of the crowd will be standing. We will have an area set aside to ensure people can view the event if using a wheelchair, and a small number of seats for those who need them. If you’d like to access this area, please approach a steward when you arrive
  • – Please don’t attend if you feel unwell or have been advised to isolate
  • – We are asking all attendees to maintain physical distancing between households, use hand sanitiser, wear masks and abide by current guidelines
  • – Scotland is in level 0 coronavirus restrictions, meaning you should try to avoid sharing a car with people outside your household. If travelling by public transport, remember masks must be worn
  • – The event will be live streamed and available for public viewing online

We look forward to marking this momentous occasion with you this Sunday.

Date announced for memorial unveiling

Glasgow’s first permanent memorial to An Gorta Mór will be unveiled on Sunday 25 July 2021.

The sculpture, ‘The Tower of Silence’ by John McCarron, will stand in the gardens of the church of St Mary’s in the Calton, which itself was built thanks to the generous donations of the Irish community.

Having delayed the unveiling of the memorial to ensure members of the community could attend, we are making plans for an event to mark the unveiling in line with Level 2 conditions in Glasgow. Although we will still be limited in the numbers who can attend, we look forward to marking this significant milestone with as many of you as possible.

We’ll share details of how you can apply for tickets as soon as we can, and we’ll continue to update our plans if there are any changes to Level 2. Keep an eye on our website, twitter and sign up for our email alerts.

It’s only due to your support that the dead and displaced of An Gorta Mór will finally have a long-overdue memorial in the city where so many of their ancestors built a new home.

Thank you.

Jeanette Findlay

Chair, Coiste Cuimhneachain An Gorta Mór

Fundraising Dinner Dance, Celtic Park, 16 November

Join us in the Kerrydale Suite at Celtic Park for the biggest fundraiser yet in support of Glasgow’s long overdue memorial to An Gorta Mór.

The Coiste Cuimhneachain An Gorta Mór will host a dinner dance on Saturday 16 November, featuring music from Boolavogue as well as a fundraising auction and unmissable raffle prizes.

Tickets are priced at £35 each and are available on a first come, first served basis by emailing angortamorglasgow@gmail.com or sending us a Direct Message on Twitter to let us know how many individual tickets or tables of ten or twelve you’d like to reserve. We’ll hold your places while we send you a PayPal link and confirm your booking once payment is received.

Thanks to your support, work is already underway on John McCarron’s powerful design. This fundraiser will help us complete a fitting memorial in the city which received over one hundred thousand people fleeing starvation in Ireland.

Places are limited so get in touch today to secure your tickets and help build Glasgow’s first permanent memorial to An Gorta Mór.

We are building it!