Bucket collection at Celtic Park for An Gorta Mór memorial


Coiste Cuimhneachain An Gorta Mór (Great Hunger Memorial Committee) are continuing their efforts to bring a fitting memorial to the victims of the Great Hunger in Glasgow with a bucket collection at Celtic Park tomorrow.

With task of raising the vital funds necessary for the construction of the memorial now the final hurdle after a tireless effort by the committee, the multi-generational Irish community and Celtic supporters visiting Celtic Park are now being called upon to support the memorial.

The final design, by John McCarron – called the Tower of Silence (artist’s impression above) – is a striking reminder of the suffering of the Irish people who fled hunger and desperation to make their new home in Glasgow and the generations of Irish people who continue to make such an impact on the city today.

The location at St Mary’s Church in the Calton also pays tribute to the thousands of Irish who made their home in that area of the city, with Celtic FC also founded in the same the parish in 1887.

“The bucket collection at Celtic Park is a great opportunity for us to raise funds as we enter the final phase of delivering a fitting memorial to the victims of the Great Hunger and the impact the Irish community has had on Glasgow,” the committee told The Irish Voice.

“With the final design – the Tower of Silence, by John McCarron – chosen for our site at St Mary’s Church in Abercromby Street we are delighted with the excitement which is building in the Irish community and with fundraising well underway we are already enjoying the support of the multi-generational Irish community in making our a plans a reality.

“Our volunteers will be stationed around Celtic Park before tomorrow’s match against Aberdeen and we are calling on all Celtic supporters travelling to the match to dig deep and help Coiste Cuimhneachain An Gorta Mór (Great Hunger Memorial Committee) meet our target for the construction of this striking memorial to acknowledge and remember our past.

“We Are Building It!”

If you are travelling to Celtic Park tomorrow be sure to look for the volunteers and give your support to the fitting memorial which is finally being created.


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