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Title: Irish Great Hunger Memorial Dedication
Language: English
Event Date: 5/25/2019
Department: Cable Office
Parks & Recreation
In the 1850's, Deer Island, now a part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, became the resting spot for thousands of Irish immigrants who perished there after fleeing Ireland's Great Hunger. On Memorial Day weekend, Boston's Irish community gathered on the island for the dedication of the Irish Great Hunger Memorial. Mayor Walsh, Cardinal O'Malley, and Boston City Archivist John J. McColgan, told the history of the Irish immigrants quarantined on the island and spoke of the profound impact of the memorial.

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