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(Cambridge Common, Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge)

Cambridge Irish Famine Memorial, Cambridge Common

Dedicated on July 23, 1997 by Ireland's President Mary Robinson, the official unveiling of this memorial was attended by 3,000 participants. It was created by Maurice Harron of Derry, Northern Ireland, who told The Boston Globe the sculpture "is meant to convey the tragedy, two people dying, two people escaping, the fearful guilt of leaving loved ones behind, and the will to carry on."

The Irish Famine Memorial on Cambridge Common was the idea of John Flaherty, an immigrant from Galway. It was funded by local businessman John O'Connor and supported by the city's diverse community of politicians, activists, neighborhood residents and historians.

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Fanny Parnell