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 On the 28th October 2004 members of the Battery Park City Authority joined with Irish dignitaries to mark the site where the Slack cottage used in the creation of the Irish  Hunger Memorial once stood Timothy S. Carey, President and CEO of the Battery Park City Authority, on behalf of George E Pataki, Governor of the State of New York unveiled a stone marker that was presented to the Slack family in recognition of their gift of the cottage and stone fence used in the construction of The Irish Hunger memorial I was thrilled to be able to use an authentic piece of Ireland in creating the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City" said artist Brian Tolle. "To be chosen to create the memorial was a humbling experience to me. To be able to work with an authentic piece of Irish history was an experience that truly touched my heart. I want to thank everyone who assisted in making this project possible

Brian Tolle (L) Timothy Carey and Eddie Staunton (with Chain of Office) Chairman Mayo County Council pose as the impressive memorial is unveiled

 The Slack & Henry Family surround the tribute

The Irish Hunger memorial in Battery Park City is a $5M project begun in 2000 and opened to the public on 17 July 2002. The memorial is a half-acre plot of land replicating a famine era farmstead. at the centre of the memorial is the Slack family cottage. The entire plot of land is raised on an angle reaching 27 feet in height at its tip to provide a view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. "Knowing that our family cottage now stands on that half acre plot of land in Battery City Park as part of the Irish hunger memorial is astounding" said Chris and Tom Slack.

Since its opening 250, 000 visitors have viewed the site. After the ceremony guests  were invited to lunch at the Fr. Peyton Centre in Attymass where Mr Carey was presented with a memorial church Slate to commemorate his visit to Attymass

Two books have been written about the Attymass area

     "History of Attymass" by Bridie Padden. Available from the Father Peyton Centre, Attymass ppmc@eircom.net

                 "An Irish Country Childhood" by Marrie Walsh, published by  St. Martins Press.  -available from all good bookshops

Attymass Web-Site http://www.attymass.ie

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