Beautiful New York

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It Happened Today in New York City

On July 16, 2002, the Irish Hunger Memorial opened in Battery Park City. In the shadow of the World Trade Center, the memorial’s centerpiece is an actual farm house from County Mayo, depicted with no roof to reflect the practice of English landlords burning the thatch roofs of tenant farmers who couldn’t pay their rent. Surrounding the house are rocks from every county in Ireland (including the six northern ones) with the county name engraved in the stone. The many quotes about the Great Hunger in particular, and famine in general, run throughout the entrance and outer walls of the memorial, featuring such wisdom as “Those who are not hungry have so many problems. Those who are hungry have only one.”

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