Boston is full of Irish heritage sites. If you just moved to Boston or you’re considering moving to the city, touring the many Boston Irish heritage sites will help you get acquainted with the city.
While there are a ton of these sites throughout Boston, some are more interesting than others. Let’s look at a few of the best Boston Irish heritage sites.
Irish Famine Memorial
Commemorating the famine that began in 1845, this memorial is one everybody should visit. The famine led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and also caused a mass emigration to the United States. It may not be a pleasant thing to think about, but a visit to the Irish Famine Memorial is necessary.
Patrick Collins Statue
Patrick Collins was the second Ireland-born mayor of Boston. He graduated from Harvard Law School and went on to serve in Congress, along with City Hill. There isn’t a memorial in the city to the first Ireland-born mayor, so a visit to this memorial is necessary.
You can find this statue along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall between Dartmouth and Clarendon Streets.
Bunker Hill Catholic Cemetery
One of the better known Irish heritage sites in Boston, the Bunker Hill Catholic Cemetery has caused incredible controversy. It opened in the 1830s, and protestant residents and officials were not happy about it. They didn’t want Irish-Catholics to be buried near the sacrosanct Revolutionary War battle site.
While the cemetery is closed to the general public, you can still visit and view it from outside the gates.
Commodore John Barry Monument
John Barry was an Irish Born commodore from County Wexford. He was the first commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy and served during the Revolution. The monument is found in Boston Common and provides a look into the history of this man.
A few other top Boston Irish heritage sites include:
- Thomas Cass Statue
- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Birthplace
- John Boyle O’Reilly Monument
- Hibernian Hall
- James Brendan Connolly Monument
- JFK Presidential Library and Museum
There are several great sites throughout the city showing off the Irish heritage of Boston. Visit all of these sites and learn all about the Irish history of the city through the Irish Heritage Trail.