Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, laid a wreath at the Boston Irish Famine Memorial at the corner of Washington and School Streets in downtown Boston on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The ceremony followed a lecture earlier in the day by President Higgins at Faneuil Hall.
The Boston Police Gaelic Pipe and Drum Corps performed at the ceremony.
Boston's Irish Famine Memorial, headed by Thomas J. Flatley, was unveiled on June 28, 1998, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine, which caused one million people to die and nearly two million to emigrate to cities like Boston, New York, Quebec City and other parts of North America.
For more details on Ireland and the commemoration, visit the Irish Consulate in Boston.
To find Irish cultural activities in greater Boston throughout the year, visit IrishBoston.org.