Thanks to your support, Glasgow can finally be counted among the diaspora cities with a dedicated memorial to our ancestors who died and were displaced by An Gorta Mór.
Hundreds of supporters enjoyed glorious sunshine as Jane McCulloch, Consul General of Ireland, and Eddie Marley, representing the parish of St Mary’s where the monument stands, unveiled the memorial yesterday.
Created by Donegal sculptor John McCarron, ‘The Tower of Silence’ combines a stainless steel column representing the industrial city of Glasgow with steel patchwork echoing the stone cabins the rural Irish were forced to leave. Semi-abstract steel figures on top of the column show the desperation of those who fled to these shores, often carrying nothing but themselves and their children. The column contains the final verse of the poem ‘The Stricken Land’ written in 1847 by Lady Jane Wilde under the name ‘Speranza’.
The memorial is in the grounds of St Mary’s church in Abercromby Street, Glasgow and can be seen from the pavement whether the church is open or closed. When the church is open, the last remaining programmes will be on sale.
This is your memorial. You have built it
None of this – not the moving occasion of the unveiling or the permanent memorial to honour our ancestors – would have been possible without your support.
You have ensured long overdue recognition for the dead, the displaced, the desperate. And for the contributions of their descendants.
From Coiste Cuimhneachain An Gorta Mór, thank you.
– 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.
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.
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.
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