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 

RIAN representative 

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.