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Grasett Park, dedicated to Dr. George Robert Grasett and other Canadians who gave their lives to helping the typhus-stricken Irish, will be opening in 2018, at Adelaide and Widmer Streets. We invite you to click here to view the video about the story behind Grasett Park.

 

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PM Justin Trudeau and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meet in Dublin

4 July, 2017

Please click here to see the full CBC video of the speeches on the CBC Facebook page.

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Ireland Park reopens to public after four years of isolation

15 July, 2014

It won’t last long, but Ireland Park finally has a slight respite from the scourge of downtown construction fences.

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Toronto’s Ireland Park Reopens

15 July, 2014

The park first opened in 2007 but was closed in March 2010 when part of the Canada Malting Silos were demolished and construction on the tunnel to Billy Bishop airport begun. Finally after four years Ireland Park was reopened today.

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Ireland Park, haunting memorial to Toronto’s Irish immigrants, set to reopen after four year wait

18 June, 2014

To the gaggle of taxi drivers who frequent the foot of Bathurst Street on the doorstep of the island airport, what exists behind the construction barricades on Eireann Quay is a bit of a mystery.

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Irish potato famine mystery solved 170 years later by biologists in GermanyHonouring Canadian Soldiers Lost to Memory

21 May, 2013

Ireland Park Foundation is hosting fundraiser to commemorate the Battle of Ridgeway.

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Ireland Park: solemn, hidden and engaging

24 June, 2007

Only two weeks after HtO Park opened to the public, another public space opened with a very different purpose and spirit than the urban beach. Ireland Park was dedicated on June 21, and I took the opportunity of visiting two days later. In the latest Water issue of Spacing, contributor Paul French gives a much more detailed article on Ireland Park.

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Irish famine memorial park offers direction for waterfront

22 June, 2007

It’s called Ireland Park but don’t expect shillelaghs or green beer. Hidden on the shore of Lake Ontario in the shadow of the Canada Malting Silos, this tiny but monumental space was conceived as a memorial to the thousands of Irish immigrants who came to – and died in – this city.

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New park honours early Irish immigrants

22 June, 2007

Between May and October, 1847 — the “summer of sorrow” — more than 38,000 Irish immigrants arrived in Toronto, escaping the great famine gripping their homeland. At the time, the city’s population was just 20,000. Many were weak from the crossing and sick with fever, and nearly 1,100 died after arrival.

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New Park in Toronto Honours Irish Immigrants

22 June, 2007

Of the over two million people who emigrated from Ireland during the Great Famine of the mid 1800’s, tens of thousands chose to make Canada their new home. This mass immigration had a tremendous impact on the social makeup of the young Canada.

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Irish president opens new park dedicated to Irish refugees in Toronto, Canada

22 June, 2007

Irish president Mary McAleese wrapped up a two-day visit to Toronto, Canada on Thursday by cutting the ribbon at the opening of a new park. The city’s Ireland Park is dedicated to the Irish immigrants who fled the great famine to start a new life in Canada 160 years ago.

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Irish president praises Canada as a ‘role model’

21 June, 2007

In an interview with CTV’s Canada AM, Irish President Mary McAleese praised Canada on Thursday as a ‘role model’ for helping to promote positive change in her country.

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Celebrating the forgotten Irish

21 June, 2007

The Irish in Toronto got short shrift. Of 38,000 who came here during the great famine of the 1847, and of the two million who died at home or were lost in waves of forced migration to North America over the next 20 years, little evidence remains in this part of the world – till now, 160 years after the fact – of the 11,000 starving souls who died in harbourside “fever sheds” where they were herded on arrival.

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Ireland Park – A History Born Of Tragedy

15 June, 2007

In 1844 the population of Ireland was eight million people. The following year a plight devastated the potato crop, and over the next five years famine reduced the population by half. The million or so who fled the country to North America were surpassed only by the millions who starved to death.

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Canadian & Irish Government Support Irish History in Toronto

17 April, 2007

At the Ireland Fund of Canada St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon. TORONTO, ON, MARCH 16, 2007 -The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the GTA, on behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, announced today that Canada’s New Government will contribute $500,000 to the Ireland Park Foundation to develop a series of projects to commemorate Irish Immigrants to Ontario and Canada

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Irish President, Mary McAleese, to open Ireland Park in Toronto this summer

10 April, 2007

itravel2000.com, Canada’s most comprehensive travel provider, has been chosen by the Ireland Park Foundation to provide travel services for those who wish to celebrate Irish heritage in Toronto this summer.

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A park with 1,000 names

17 March, 2007

It may be dubbed Ireland Park, but when a stretch of stone and grass emerges at the foot of Bathurst this summer, there will be no single sign to bear its name.

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Breathing new life into Irish history

15 March, 2007

At the foot of Bathurst Street, across from the ferry that crosses to the Island Airport, stands a vast box built of scaffolding, perhaps 10 metres high, and wrapped in plastic.

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Irish famine migrants’ history dug up in film

1 January, 2007

Under Toronto’s theater district lie the ruins of a hospital where hundreds of refugees from the Irish famine of 1847 died after arriving in Canada on crowded and unsanitary ships.

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Downtown dig tied to city’s Irish Famine tragedy

6 October, 2006

An archeological dig at the corner of King and John Streets that began yesterday could provide important clues to one of the greatest untold stories in the history of Toronto.

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Irish eyes smiling about new waterfront park

18 September, 2006

Next summer, a slice of stark brownfield along the Toronto waterfront will be transformed into Ireland Park.

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President McAleese Becomes Patron of Ireland Park Foundation

1 March, 2006

March is traditionally a month when all eyes are focused on Ireland as we celebrate with pride our national holiday and share our rich heritage, traditions, and culture with people all over the world.

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Progress on Ireland Park Foundation Gains Charitable Status

12 December, 2005

One year from now, as we approach the year 2007, we in the Irish community in Toronto will have much to look forward to. One hundred and sixty years after the great Irish famine, the extended community here in Toronto will have a lasting memorial to Irish famine emigrants who arrived in the city under the most desolate of circumstances.

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Toronto to Get Memorial to Irish Potato Famine Victims

3 July, 2005

History has a way of slipping away from us, but Robert Kearns wants to bring it back. Kearns and the volunteers of the Ireland Park Foundation are more than halfway to their goal of placing a permanent memorial to the Irish potato famine on Toronto’s waterfront in 2007.

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The Ireland Park Project

15 April, 2005

In the Summer of 1847 the Toronto Waterfront witnessed one of the greatest human tragedies in the history of the city. Between May and October of that year, over 38,000 Irish Famine emigrants arrived in the city at a time when its population was a mere 20,000 people.

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From Coffin Ships to Canada

11 March, 2005

There will be Guinness, kisses and jigs when Ireland comes to Toronto for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday. It will be festive. It will be green. And it will be in sharp contrast to another image of Ireland’s arrival in Toronto unveiled last week.

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Ireland Park Foundation Report

1 March, 2005

The month of March is a time when the Irish in Canada celebrate their history, heritage and culture. In Toronto it has become a veritable three-week festival of all matters Irish.

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Irish Eyes Smile Anew

26 February, 2005

From the southeast corner of Bathurst Quay, the city skyline looks close enough to touch, its edges sharp and its face aglow in the clean light of a cold afternoon.

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