New York City’s, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg helped to dedicate ''Irish Hunger Memorial'' with Governor George E. Pataki in Lower Manhattan, July 16, 2002


"Da mbeinnse i'm sheasamh
l gceart lar mo dhaoine
D'imeodh an aois diom
agus bheinn aris og"

"Should I Stand Once More
among my own people
old age would fall from me
I'd be youthful again"
-- Antoine O Raifteiri

CASTLEBAR, County Mayo -- The words were written in the 1800s by the blind poet Antoine O Raifteiri from Killedan, Kiltimagh. They are now inscribed on a memorial in Ballyvary, located in the centre of County Mayo in the West of Ireland.