Damage repair fundraiser on Saturday

Damage repair fundraiser on Saturday

PAWTUCKET – After thieves made off with four of 11 bronze plaques which told the story of the Famine in Ireland, the 1916 Committee will hold a fundraiser to help underwrite a portion of expenses involved on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Galway Bay Pub, 156 South Bend St.

The Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial was dedicated in November of 2007. The memorial is located on the Providence River Greenway across from Capriccio’s Restaurant. In part, the memorial consisted of an historical narrative wall containing 11 bronze plaques which told the story of the Famine in Ireland and the subsequent migration of many refugees to Rhode Island.

Four plaques were stolen in August. The repair and replacement cost exceeds $10,000. There will be a fundraiser held at Galway Bay Pub. The music will be provided by several local musicians including Sean Connell, Bob Drouin and the Exiles and others.

Raffle prizes include an oil painting by Carmel McEvoy, gift cards from local businesses, hand-made gifts and assorted gift baskets. Food will also be served through the afternoon. The event is open to the public but donations are gratefully accepted. Checks can be made out to the Famine Memorial Committee and are tax deductible.