Artist Brian Tolle has recreated a little bit of the west of Ireland in New York to remember the Great Famine.

A memorial dedicated to the one million Irish people who died in the Famine was unveiled in New York by President Mary McAleese and the New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The monument is a recreation of a Mayo farm in the heart of New York city and was designed by artist Brian Tolle who said he wanted the visitor to the site to become a figure of the landscape.

Speaking at the event, President McAleese says she can hardly believe that there is now a little bit of Mayo in New York in commemoration of a million people who died thinking that nobody cared.

The cottage in the memorial belonged to the Slack family of Attymass in County Mayo and the walls are made from stones from each of the 32 counties of Ireland.

All this just a block away from Ground Zero.

Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg says that there could not be a more appropriate location for the memorial.

Twenty eight hundred people died across the street for the freedom that the Irish immigrants came here to experience.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 July 2002. The reporter is Carole Coleman.