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    "I, of course, never met my great grandparents. Nor did I meet their son Dennis. All were born before Abraham Lincoln's time. But today they live. They live in the Irish Famine Memorial. I will now visit them in Boston on every occasion I visit the city, and my four children and my grandchildren will also visit this shrine. My great grandparents are in residence at the corner of School and Washington Streets, in as striking, and monumental a memorial as has been conceived by man. Sunday, June 28, 1998 was a moment to remember."
    Thomas P. Salmon, former Governor of Vermont

    "I write not as an art critic, but as a descendant of immigrants who suffered the pangs of hunger and poverty in Ireland, and then the triumph of opportunity in America. My soul was stirred as I sat and gazed at the statues of the Irish Famine Memorial."
    Carole Dinneen
    South Easton

    "Marie Paquet of Boston said that the sense of dignity conveyed by the figures at the Irish memorial inspires its viewers to be strong in turbulent times. "They have the look, not of great joy, but of determination -- of going ahead," she said, motioning toward the bronze statues. "It's an inspiration for all the world, because somewhere in the world there are people who are still living like this. And this memorial shows us that with a little break in life, with a little understanding, there is hope."
    From a Boston Globe article by Thomas Farragher, July 2, 1998

    "Two sculptures by Robert Shure show one Irish family in agony from the Great Hunger stalking the land and another hopeful as they arrive on America's shore. They're meant to depict the odyssey of the Irish immigrant from tragedy to triumph over the past 150 years. They're also meant to remind those who stop and look to remember that we must never be indifferent to the suffering of others."

    "Beyond its particularly Irish dimension, the memorial marks the beginning of the waves of 19th and 20th century immigration that have made Boston the variegated place it is today. Thousands more would come: Italians, Jews, Greeks, Lithuanians, Chinese, Haitians, Dominicans, blacks from the American South, and other ethnic groups, all seeking in Boston a refuge from poverty and oppression. The triumph of the Irish is a parable of America."
    Boston Globe editorial, March 9, 1998

    "There are religious and secular monuments to the influence of the Irish all around Boston, but nothing that marks the Gaelic contribution to the city and to this state the way the Irish Famine Memorial will."
    Quincy Patriot Ledger editorial, June 27, 1998

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