CHARLESTON — The Irish ambassador to the United States and other dignitaries are gathering in Charleston to dedicate a memorial noting the contributions of the Irish to the state of South Carolina.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley is being joined by Irish Ambassador Michael Collins and other officials from Ireland during the Monday dedication.

The memorial in a small park has a concrete pier extending over the water and a raised 30-by-24-foot carved granite map of Ireland. It also includes flag poles with the Charleston, American and Irish flags along with plaques containing quotes about Irish immigration to this country.

The park was created by the city of Charleston and the South Carolina Irish Historical Society.