Tom Flatley , business leader, philanthropist, devout Catholic, and champion of people in need, was the chairman of the Boston Irish Famine Memorial committee, which was formed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Ireland's devastating famines in the 1840s. The Memorial, created by sculptor Robert Shure , was unveiled on June 28, 1998 before 7,000+ people. A Commemorative Book was issued on the day of the unveiling, with text from the eight commemorative plaques encircling the twin statues. As part of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail , the Irish Famine Memorial continues to be a destination for visitors and residents who pass the park each year and stop to reflect on the story of the Irish and other immigrants who cross oceans and desserts to come here. Mr. Flatley died ten years ago on May 17, 2008, but his vision, charity and faith continue to inspire people who knew him.