The Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial, was rededicated on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 in a brief ceremony.
The rededication was made necessary by the serious vandalism and thefts which occurred at the site in August 2018. Since that time, enough money was raised to repair all the damage that was done.
The Rededication Ceremony, which was free and open to the public, was well attended. Photos from the ceremony will be included in this website when available.
Click here to read the rededication remarks by Dr. Don Deignan
The Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial Committee thanks all of its supporters for their continuing personal and financial support.
Click here to read the 2020 Tribute to Founding Member Ray McKenna.
Major damage in August 2018:
The Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial had suffered major damage in August 2018 from Vandalism and Theft at the site. Several of the Bronze Plaques on the Historical Narrative Wall, which tell the story of Ireland's Great Famine and its consequences, were stolen. We invited your immediate financial support, in whatever amount, to help us set things right and to insure, insofar as is humanly possible, that no such crimes occur again at our Famine Memorial.
The immediate damage has been fixed. However, there are plans for ongoing maintenance and increased security.
Here's what you need to know so that you can help: