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Irish Hunger Memorial visit and Tribeca pub tour/fund-raiser

  • Jul 19, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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Please join us on this very special afternoon as we visit New York's unique Irish Hunger Memorial then explore Irish pub culture in one of New York City's most exclusive neighborhoods, all while raising money to fight hunger in the city today.

We'll start the day with a tour of the Irish Hunger Memorial at Vesey Street and North End Avenue, in the NW corner of Battery Park. The memorial, which opened in July 2002, is a monument to those who perished or were forced to emigrate from Ireland during An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger) from[masked], and is a symbol to highlight areas of the world affected by hunger today.

The Irish Hunger Memorial re-creates a pastoral setting from rural Ireland amidst the concrete jungle of lower Manhattan. It includes an actual abandoned and re-assembled stone cottage from County Mayo, stone walls, soil and vegetation from the north Connacht wetlands on the west coast of Ireland, including fallow potato fields, and stones from each of the 32 counties of Ireland, all elevated on a limestone plinth.

It is both a metaphor for the Great Irish Famine and a reminder that hunger today is often the result of lack of access to land. The memorial itself is set on a quarter-acre, which is significant since a clause added to the Irish Poor Law by Sir William Gregory during the famine meant that anyone who owned more than a quarter-acre of land was not eligible for any aid or relief. Many of the starving were poor but owned more than a quarter-acre, forcing them to abandon their homes and land in order to obtain food.


After touring the Irish Hunger Memorial, we will then explore the Irish pub scene in this most exclusive of New York City neighborhoods. Our Tribeca Irish pub tour will take us to:

P.J. Clarke's on the Hudson, 250 Vesey St.

Woodrow's, 43 Murray St.

Lilly O'Brien's, 18 Murray St.

Reade Street Pub & Kitchen, 135 Reade St.

Walker's, 16 N. Moore St.

Nancy Whiskey Pub, 1 Lispenard St.

The fact that there are so many Irish pubs in this part of New York is indicative of how far the Irish have come since the Famine years. But hunger remains a problem in the New York of 2014.  About 2.6 million New Yorkers--more than a quarter of the city's population--struggle to afford food every day. To that end, whether you plan to join us or not, please make a donation to the Food Bank of New York City. You can donate online at: 

https://secure3.convio.net/fbnyc/site/Donation2?idb=1474389737&df_id=1360&1360.donation=form1

If you'd rather donate to a similar organization, that's fine too. We'll be having some fun but with a serious purpose so I hope you'll be able to join us at some point. And whether you can make it or not,  that you'll consider helping to feed the hungry of New York.




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  • Mary Z

    Thanks for planning the day with a great selection of pubs
    Dennis!

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Dan D.

    Fun day! Variety-the spice of life.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Denise

    Wow! So much fun on a Summer Saturday in the city! Great group, great bar picks by Dennis! Something for everyone. Had a great time!

    2 · July 19, 2014

    • Mary Z

      Agreed!

      2 · July 20, 2014

    • Kara

      Well said Denise -- a good day!

      2 · July 20, 2014

  • Dennis

    Awesome time exploring the pubs in one corner of Manhattan. Good turnout too. Thanks everyone!

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Tara

    Sorry I couldn't make this happen today - hope to see many of you next Sat night for the anniversary meet-up!

    July 19, 2014

  • Denise

    Running late, missed a train... I should get to the memorial by 12:50. Sorry!

    July 19, 2014

  • Ann-Marie

    Dennis and fellow punters, I hurt my shoulder ( again!). Nothing serious but I am probably going to have to cancel for tomorrow. I was looking forward to this, but if I feel like today, I will be no fun! I hope that you all have a terrific day and I will see you at the next event!

    July 18, 2014

  • Dennis

    Another good charity to support. Not only are they feeding the hungry in New York but they're doing it by collecting and distributing food that would otherwise be discarded, and land-filled. A win-win. Check out City Harvest at: http://www.cityharvest.org/donate-funds

    July 15, 2014

  • Denise

    Yay!! No more communions or work on Saturdays!!! Looking forward to this! Thanks Dennis!

    May 12, 2014

  • Jen S.

    I'd be good with a reschedule, not too keen to walk around in the rain (have a wedding next weekend & can't afford getting sick!). Thanks!

    May 9, 2014

  • Dr. Jackie P.

    Sorry, Dennis and all, I'll have to bow out. Sorry for the late notice. I do like the idea of having it repeated later in spring/summer. My work is very busy lately and I'm feeling "the burn out". Also, Saturday is supposed to have thunderstorms. *sigh* Can't it rain on Monday??? like it's supposed to. :) Or better yet, not rain at all. Ya, I like that.....no rain.

    May 8, 2014

  • Kat

    Ugh...now I have family things! Not sure what it portends- I'm going to try to do the memorial, but may have to leave early.

    April 24, 2014

  • Tara

    A First Communion takes me out as well. Sorry to miss this one!

    April 24, 2014

  • Denise

    I've got my nephew's communion on Long Island that day... Party into the late evening.

    April 18, 2014

    • Kat

      How many friggin communions do you have, woman?

      April 18, 2014

    • Denise

      Too many... Month of may... :-( family and friend's kids

      April 20, 2014

  • Ann-Marie

    Thanks for organizing this Dennis. Looks like it will be a great day and I'm looking forward to it!

    April 19, 2014

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