The Connaught Telegraph discusses renovation of the Irish Hunger Memorial, designed by Brian Tolle

Lead figure in famine memorial project has Mayo roots

March 7, 2018

THE final phase of the extensive renovation of the Irish Hunger Memorial in Manhattan has been completed.

The architectural project manager for the $5.3 million renovation has strong Mayo links. Indeed, the memorial itself has a strong connection with the county – the Famine-era stone cottage at the centre of the memorial came from Attymass.

CTA Architects served as architects for the renovation, and their team was very emotionally involved with the project because of their Irish roots.

CTA Architects' project manager, Frank Scanlon, was brought up around Westport, and in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon. His mother was the late Mary Scanlon (nee Forde) from Westport, as his grandparents were Georgie and Tessie Forde. 

Most of his mother's side of the family are still living between Westport and Murrisk and also near Leenane. His father is Aidan Scanlon, who retired from An Garda Síochána.

The memorial, designed by internationally renowned sculptor and public artist Brian Tolle, originally opened in 2002 and is a contemplative space devoted to honour the Great Irish Hunger and Migration of 1845-1852, while encouraging viewers to contemplate present-day hunger worldwide.

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