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The Coffin Ship

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Murrisk, Westport, Ireland
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A very moving experience

We visited this Great Famine memorial site very recently. All memorials to the famine are moving... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
John B
Waterford, Ireland
Sad reminder of past suffering

hardly any info but the sculpture itself says all that needs saying, just thinking of their... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Westport, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this Great Famine memorial site very recently. All memorials to the famine are moving but I have never before been so moved by any sort of sculpture. It encapsulates the desperation of those being carried on the Coffin Ships with deep feeling. The...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

hardly any info but the sculpture itself says all that needs saying, just thinking of their hardships makes it a very solemn place

Thank Thewest72
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Most memorials to the great Famine are pretty haunting and this is no exception. A haunting piece dedicated to the one million people who died during the Great Famine in Ireland. The famine was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration in Ireland between...More

Thank Kellie I
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We missed seeing this sculpture when we drove into town, so the next morning we retraced our steps to scout the sculpture out. I'm so glad we did. Though we didn't spend a lot of time here, it was so worth while to quietly walk...More

Thank 333MaryP333
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This sculpture is across the road from the Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre in Murrisk. It is quite graphic.

Thank M_Freedley
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Somber memorial to the fate of those who tried to escape Ireland during the Great Hunger and lost their lives in the deplorable conditions aboard ship. Croagh Patrick is in the background. Grounds and views in all directions are spectacular and we even saw a...More

1  Thank L6251LTamyl
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Well worth a visit if you are in the area - a sobering monument to those lost in the famine as well as remembering all famine victims across the world. Located in a lovely setting between Craugh Patrick and the sea, in parklands suitable for...More

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 24 September 2017

We stopped here after lunch and shopping in Westport. There is a small fee to park in the car park across the road. The ship is located in a park and it is a stark reminder of the famine period and the desperation that led...More

1  Thank Colleen D
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on our coach tour on the way to Westport. What an amazing sculpture. Gruesome, yes. Poignant, definitely. Makes you stop and think about the terrible times and what people had to endure. I knew so little about these times, but the visit has...More

Thank JenniferM54
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Although a bit gruesome, this sculpture vividly captures the emotional plight and hardship of so many who desperately emigrated due to famine.

Thank James G
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Rebecca S
2 September 2015|
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Response from Sharron C | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. Westport itself is a really charming town with good cafes. To get to the National Famine Memorial, there is a roundabout in the main street with National Famine Memorial clearly signposted. It is also the way you... More