Apologies if this has come up before, but I wanted to mention the 'Irish Hunger Memorial' in NYC.
I had occasion to be in Manhattan at the weekend with the family, and we quite literally stumbled across it yesterday afternoon.
The kids wanted to go to the Ground Zero Memorial, so we headed off Sunday morning to the little museum beside ground zero and spent some time there before heading over to the memorial itself.
Both are worth a visit. The museum is very sad - especially the multitude of posters that are displayed of still missing loved ones that were put up by families after the attack.
Anyway, while walking back to the car park we discovered an Irish famine memorial just a couple of minutes walk from ground zero. It's on a massive slab overlooking the Hudson and recreates a little sloped path up from a ruined cottage.
The grass and vegetation look like they are native to Ireland, and an engraved rock from each county sits along the slope. I think the cottage was actually moved stone by stone from Mayo.
It gives the effect of a chunk if earth which has been torn up and placed in the middle of Manhattan.
At the top of the path you can see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and a good portion of lower Manhattan.
I thought it was beautiful, so if you are in the area think about dropping by.
Bring a cup of tea to enjoy while you sit on a rock and take in the strange combination of scenery.
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