Statistics show that in the United States, the Irish lived in several times more than in Ireland itself. One reason for this – the Great Famine 1845-1849 period, when the Green Island has left half a million people. Here memorial Irish Hunger Memorial opened recently in New York also is devoted this sad event.
Moreover, this memorial, in the truest sense of the word, is a corner of Ireland in New York, both in concept and in the physical plane.
To begin with, that the creators of Irish Hunger Memorial, developing the project, decided to re-create this memorial typical Irish landscape – green fields, fences for pets, home from a rough, unhewn stone, island vegetation. All this was set up in the heart of the financial district of New York, surrounded by skyscrapers, with excellent views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (distribution point, which initially came all the emigrants sailed to America)!
Moreover, all the elements that created the memorial Irish Hunger Memorial, imported directly from Ireland. So the 800,000 Irish-born New Yorkers can now come here to touch the hands homeland of their ancestors, to walk on these green meadows, to admire the remains of an ancient fauna, forever remaining in the slices of limestone rocks, which are collected from the construction industry.
The area of the platform of the memorial Irish Hunger Memorial is one-quarter of an acre (1012 square meters). Under English law of 1847 (the height of the Great Famine), the Irish peasants, who have more land per person household can not receive any assistance from the state, and therefore are obliged to feed themselves (and this is low the fertile qualities soil and diseases that destroy crops of potatoes year after year).
So now in the financial district of New York, there are two memorial dedicated to one of the greatest disasters of Mankind – The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the Great Famine in Ireland!