This event is tomorrow, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Please pass the info to any contacts in the New Jersey and New York areas.
Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Hudson County
Contact: Vince McHale, Famine Monument Chairman
FAMINE MONUMENT ERECTED IN JERSEY CITY
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Hudson County Plan Dedication
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Hudson County announced that their Famine Memorial Monument has been erected in Lincoln Park this week. The monument is an eighteen feet tall Celtic Cross made of Barre Grey Granite, weighing 17,000 lbs. The monument was designed by the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Hudson County to include various images and symbols to represent Ireland and the famine.
There will be an official dedication of the Famine Monument on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The dedication will begin with a 10:00 am Catholic mass at St. Aloysius Church, 691 West Side Ave, Jersey City. Fr. Mark O’Connell, Chaplain of the Friendly Sons, will preside at the liturgy. At the conclusion of mass, there will be a procession to the monument for dedication and blessing. A reception will then follow at Michael Anthony’s Restaurant, 502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City .
“The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Hudson County are elated to see this important monument finally standing in Jersey City,” said Vince McHale, Chairman of the Famine Monument committee. “We are grateful to everyone throughout New Jersey who helped this project to be realized so future generations will remember the thousands of Irish, who in order to preserve their faith, suffered both famine and exile.”
McHale, on behalf of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, offered special thanks to Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Mayor Jerramiah Healy, and Councilmen Bill Gaughan and Pete Brennan for all of their assistance.
The Famine Memorial Moment project was started by members of the Friendly Sons in February 2003, as a way of remembering the lives lost in the Irish famine of 1845-1852. The monument also serves as reminder of the lives of the countless Irish men and women who immigrated to the United States during that time and helped to build the United States of America.
Since 2003, the Friendly Sons have worked diligently to raise awareness of the devastating Irish famine, known as An Gorta Mor, as well as the $40,000 to erect the Famine Memorial Monument.