Canada’s Ireland Park open to public again


By staff reporter

After being closed for years, the site at Eireann Quay has reopened with a new Great Famine memorial.

The new memorial, overlooking Lake Ontario, is formed of a series of haunting bronze sculptures by Rowan Gillespie recalling Ireland’s 1847 famine.

Ireland Park commemorates the 58,000 people that are said to have emigrated to Toronto as a result of the famine – more than doubling the young city’s population at the time.

The park, which is nestled between the Canada Malting Silos, Billy Bishop airport car park and a new promenade that extends the dock wall, first opened in 2007.

It closed in 2010 to allow for partial demolition of the Malting Silos, which was soon followed by the construction of the promenade and the tunnel to the airport.

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