Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

A replica of the Jeanie Johnston, which carried Irish emigrants to the U.S. and Canada during the Irish potato famine years, pulled into Battery Park City last week and will be open for guided tours near North Cove until July 14. The original Jeanie Johnston was built in Quebec in 1847 and traveled from Ireland to New York and other North American ports from 1848 to 1855. The reproduction of the three-masted sailing ship was built in Blennerville, near Tralee, Ireland and completed last year. The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy will present lunchtime programs of music, dance and readings at the Esplanade Plaza until July 11. On Sat. July 12, the festivities will include an Irish dance evening on the esplanade beginning at 6:30 p.m. and on Sun. July 13, Irish performing artists will take the stage from 3-6 p.m.


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