Transcript: Welcome to Ireland Park from Robert G. Kearns, Chair and Founder of Ireland Park Foundation.
Exterior shot. Camera pans left across a park with sculptural figures to right of a grain silo, with trees with no leaves and a limestone sculptural wall visible in the background, and water to right of the background.
Voice over of a man speaking
Ireland Park is a memorial in Toronto to commemorate and to celebrate the story of the arrival of Irish Famine migrants on the waterfront of this city in the summer of 1847.
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Some 38,500 arrived when the population of the city was a mere 20,000.
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The park consists of fourteen limestone columns forming the western boundary,
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a glass beacon of hope for future generations,
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and five bronze sculptures by Irish sculptor Rowan Gillespie. The park was designed by Jonathan Kearns of Kearns Mancini Architects.
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The sculpture depicts a pregnant woman who survived the 55-60 day crossing of the Atlantic.
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Behind her is an orphan child who may have lost his family, who is apprehensive about whether to go forward or to go back.
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Lying on the ground is a woman in that transition from life to death, reflecting the mortality associated with famine.
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The man to the left is the figure of Pius Mulvey from Joseph O’Connor’s book The Star of the Sea.
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The figure in the left, or the right foreground, depicts a man in jubilant manner looking at the future of a city that he will help contribute to,
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and of a country that he will help build.
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Collectively, the group is made up of five individuals who have survived the Atlantic crossing, and who have survived typhus, and are going on to contribute to Canada and to build this great nation.
Final shot of Ireland Park Foundation logo and water. Celtic music playing.