long last, the
IRISH MEMORIAL is a reality. The result of a 25 year dream and
6 ½ years of planning and execution by John Scally, Pat Burke, and Vic Quinn,
and with the support and sponsorship of the St. Patrick Society, was unveiled and dedicated on
Sunday, October 30, 2011, a "typical Irish day" (cold and raining),
with about 75 people attending. Speeches were made by project
manager John Scally, Society President Silia Smiley, Mary Ellen
Chamberlain of the Riverboat Authority, and Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba.
(See dedication photos.)
bronze statue by Moline native
Lou Quaintance (www.quaintancesculpture.com)
and a pair of four ton stones from County Donegal, Ireland depict an Irish family
leaving Ireland en route to America, the father looking forward
while the mother appears distressed over leaving her home and family. (See
detailed photos.) Kelly Construction did all the ground work
for the project.
IRISH MEMORIAL honors those men, women and children who left their homes
and families and settled in the
Quad-Cities decades ago. Over a million Irish left their
homeland during the Great Potato Famine of 1845 - 1849 and dispersed
throughout the world. Irish and German comprise the most numerous
ethnic groups in the Quad Cities.