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.

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.

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

Update on the campaign

Welcome to our new site everyone.  The launch of the site will give us a platform to keep everyone updated with developments in the project as it goes along.

In terms of where we are now.  We completed the initial stage of the fundraising before the summer which allows us to proceed with the design competition.  The design competition will give us a range of designs from which to choose a suitable, permanent memorial to An Gorta Mór in Glasgow.  We are engaging with the Glasgow School of Art and hope to launch the competition over the next month or so.  The main cause of the delay at the moment is the selection of a suitable site but work is progressing on that.

The selection of the prize-winning bid will take place at social event which will combine a celebration of the artist’s work and also a further fundraising opportunity.  More on that later.

Once we have a design and we know the total cost we will move into the serious fund-raising stage.  That stage will take as long as it takes and we have not put a date on it.  It is important after all this time that Glasgow has a fitting and permanent memorial and that is the top priority of the Committee’s work.

In the meantime, if you want to become more involved with the Committee then please contact us.  Also if you are able to organise a local fundraising event then please let us know and we will work with you on it by providing a speaker if desired and/or by advertising it on our website and social media.

We hope that this will also be an educational project and we will post details of resources of interest on our Resources page as we go along.  As well as this, we hope to organise public meetings with speakers who are experts on the cataclysmic events which led many of our ancestors to this city.  So watch out for those.

We have a range of merchandise which can be purchased from our shop page.  Orders will take two weeks or more because we order them in a regular cycle.  If demand increases then we will look at this again.  All profits from the merchandise will go the memorial fund.

This is a project from within the community and for the community and we promise you this:

We are Building it!

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