When Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 11 a.m. to Noon
On the 25th anniversary of the Boston Irish Famine Memorial in downtown Boston, representatives of Irish organizations, immigrant groups, local officials and business groups are gathering at the memorial for music, blessings and reflection.
Where Corner of Washington and School Streets, Downtown Boston
Musicians Traditional Irish music prior to and after the ceremony:
Mary Conroy Henderson, American and Irish national anthems
Aoife Griffin Fiddle & Kieva McGonagle Harp
Clergy Father John McCarthy, Irish Pastoral Centre Boston, Invocation
Speakers Michael Quinlin, welcome and introductions
Dan Flatley, The Flatley Family
Paul Rooney, Ireland Vice Consul General in Boston
City Council President Ed Flynn
Michael Nichols, President, Boston BID
Sculptor Robert Shure
Martina Curtin, Irish Cultural Center and Mná Mheiriceá
Former US Ambassador Ray Flynn
Closing Prayer and Blessing
Background The Boston Irish Famine Memorial was unveiled on June 28, 1998 as part of a series of worldwide commemorations to mark the 150th anniversary of Ireland’s famines that took place between 1845-49.
This spring, restoration work was completed on the twin bronze sculptures and eight narrative plaques, along with upgrades to the grounds, fencing, benches and landscaping.