Phoenix, Arizona (1999)

An Gorta Mór Great Hunger Memorial
Artist: Maureen McGuire (artist); Seamus King and Alexandra Seals (marble stonework); Tom Sullivan (granite); Paul and Sharon Olsen (engraving & sandblasting)
Commissioned by: Irish Cultural Center

Inscriptions
1 – Front:
They / endured the / penal laws, / eviction and / despair. / And finally / the Coffin ships / so that we / could live / to beg / no more/ AD 1999

1 – Reverse:
An Gorta Mór / During the years / 1845 through 1850 / one and a half million / people died of starvation / and disease in Ireland / Another two million / were forced to emigrate / many dies in the coffin ships on the / way to America and / other places of refuge / While they suffered / the food they produced / in abundance was / forcibly taken and / shipped to England /

Arizonians who remember / the needless suffering / and deaths raise this / monument to honor / the victims of Ireland’s Great Hunger

2 –
An Gorta Mór / Great Hunger / Memorial / Dedicated September 25, 1999

Committee / Peggy Cassidy / Chuck Collins / Jim Dixon / Thomas P. Farley / Astrid Hanson / Seamus King / Sean & Janet Lee / Pat Mulqueen / Jimmy O’Connor / Maureen Ó’Maher / Sean Prior / Dave & Susan Tierney / Glenda Walker

Designers Maureen McGuire / Artist
Seamus King / Alexandra Seals / King’s world of marble
Tom Sullivan / IMCA / Granite
Paul & Sharon Olsen / Artistic engraving / & sandblasting

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