This outstanding tribute to Irish fortitude, both then and now, recognizes the nearly 1300 immigrants buried in unmarked, sunken graves in the Catholic Pauper section of Evergreen Cemetery, most of whom were Irish. Learn more about the project from our FAQs.

Landscape Designer: Barnabas Kane
Sculpture/Centerpiece: Terry Brennan
Project Oversight: Mark De La Torre
Project Historian: Professor James Walsh

We memorialize the Irish community that once inhabited the east side of Leadville. The Irish occupied the bottom rung of Leadville’s social ladder, worked the mines and smelters, loved, struggled, dreamed, and died young. In the early 1880s, nearly 3,000 Irish-born people lived in Leadville and surrounding gulches, scratching out a bare existence, and then moving on to Denver, Cripple Creek, Butte, and the west coast. Twice they led massive strikes, walking out of the sliver mines and bringing the Colorado economy to a stop. They demanded a raise from $3 to $4/day, an 8 hr. workday, better safety codes, and the right to organize a union.

Please consider supporting this effort to honor the memory of those Irish immigrants who came to Colorado in search of a better life, who died here trying to find it, and who deserve not to be forgotten! Click on the button below to donate directly to our Leadville Irish Miners’ Memorial fund. Thank you for your support.

Nearly half of the roughly 1,400 umarked graves are children and the average age of those buried there is twenty three. This memorial is a symbol of recognition of their humanity, their lives, their dreams, and their names, in hopes that their stories might continue.

RTE’s  News
Our sculptor Terry Brennan and Professor Jim Walsh discussing the centerpiece
July 2021

TG4 – Nuacht (News)
INCO President Alan Groarke interviewed in Irish about the project
August 2021

RTE Radio One - Morning Ireland
RTE Radio One – Morning Ireland
INCO President Alan Groarke interviewed about the project
June 2021

Ambassador Dan Mulhall speaking at Evergreen Cemetery
May 2019

Irish Stew Podcast
Professor Jim Walsh and Damian Shiels discussing two Irish memorials in the US
October 2021

Colorado Irish Minrs
KGNU – The Labor Exchange
Professor Jim Walsh discussing The Leadville Irish
October 2020