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ireland park, toronto

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:29 pm

Ireland Park honours the Irish immigrants who fled during the Famine of 1847 and the 38,000 who arrived in Toronto that summer when the City's population was a mere 20,000. Ireland Park is a bridge that will link two nations and two cities. It is the story of a destitute people overcoming unimaginable hardship and suffering, and speaks to the kindness and generosity of Canadians, which is as consistent today as it was in 1847.

It is a reminder of the trauma of famine, which still exists in many parts of the world today. The failure of a harvest is an act of nature. Starvation is the result of our failure to respond with generosity to those who are hungry in our world today
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Re: ireland park, toronto

Postby cgcsb » Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:57 pm

wow, they look just like the statues in the Docks in Dublin. Good stuff out of Toronto ey
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Postby PTB » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:07 am

It's the same sculptor - his name escapes me.

There was an episode on Arts Lives about him making this series of sculptures. It's a continuation of the Irish famine memorial, where the immigrants have arrived in North America.
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