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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When shopping in Boston's Downtown Crossing, just walk a block up Washington Street and you will see the Boston Irish Famine Memorial. Stop at each of the sculptures and read the accompanying texts. It a sad place to see the history of the Irish

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

A very poignant memorial to a sad time in history. The fact that there is a memorial to this shows the wonderful ties that both nations share

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AnthonyJ122
Reviewed October 22, 2018

Happened upon this while walking the Freedom Trail. Had not heard or read about it, but ventured over there to see what it was. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this time in Boston's history. Definitely need to go by there.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DebbieSanAntono
Reviewed September 16, 2018

We found this whilst following the Freedom Trail. It is opposite the Old Corner Bookstore (now a Chipotle Mexican Grill). The memorial is quite striking and the information surrounding it is very informative. I had no idea how much Boston had helped the Irish people...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jane N
Reviewed September 9, 2018

The sheer quality of this memorial is breath taking, to showcase the Irish movement to Boston and the reasons behind it, its worth stopping and easily found on the freedom trail.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TeamWard
Reviewed August 19, 2018

This week done memorial is worth a stop. It's along the path of the Freedom Trail, and it's incredibly well done.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mark42139
Reviewed August 15, 2018

a moving monument commemorating the wave of Irish immigrants arriving in the Boston area to escape the famine in Ireland. The signage around the monument was very informative and the statues were striking. Just off the Freedom Trail across from the Old Corner Bookstore and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Nick D
Reviewed August 3, 2018

If you are on the Freedom Trail this memorial is worth walking through and reading about it's purpose. It's meant to show a family that is on the verge of starvation in Ireland but healthy and growing while living in America. It is quite sad...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jesselodge
Reviewed August 2, 2018

The statues are beautifully done and there is information on the Famine with signs asking to show respect by not feeding birds in the memorial. It looks as if at least everyone that day, if not all the time, respect that.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sandy Z
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

I saw this monument last time we came to Boston and didn’t pass comment at the time. It succeeds in reminding people of the tragedy of the famine forcing many people to emigrate. It is also a focus point and there were a lot of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with
historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through
one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston
Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling
statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the
pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
children and eager tourists through the pond. Have
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Response from 2Bostonians | Reviewed this property |
I agree with William G. My understanding is that Boston Common and Public Garden both require numerous groups - City, Civic, neighborhood, etc. to agree upon and approve any changes or additions of anything in these parks.