“We’re Building a Famine Memorial in Glasgow”
The Celtic Network supports efforts by Coiste Cuimhneachain An Gorta Mór (Great Hunger Memorial Committee) to build a memorial to victims of An Gorta Mór who fled to Glasgow and Scotland during the great famine.
Scotland and Glasgow in particular are one of the few places around the globe where the Irish diaspora settled that does not have a permanent memorial to An Gorta Mór. It’s time that changed.
Between 1845 and 1855 over one million people fled starvation conditions in Ireland. Around 100,000 made their way to Glasgow. Coiste Cuimhneachain An Gorta Mór (Great Hunger Memorial Committee) has been formed to build a permanent memorial to those who died of starvation or were forced to emigrate, including those who came to our city during ‘An Gorta Mór’.
To ensure that we have a monument worthy of the memory of our ancestors who were forced to leave Ireland and those who were starved to death by the British government and the British ruling class, CCAGM is launching a design competition open to sculptors and artists at any stage in their career.
Read more on An Gorta Mór Glasgow website http://angortamorglasgow.com/