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The Coffin Ship

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Address: Westport, Ireland

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A reminder of a bleak historic event

The coffin ship is a beautiful sculpture of the coffin ships that carried so many Irish to new lives overseas or to their deaths during the Famine.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The coffin ship is a beautiful sculpture of the coffin ships that carried so many Irish to new lives overseas or to their deaths during the Famine.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

To tell a story through one simple structure is really something else, it enraptured the fact that the British took the food from the farms and sent it to mainland England, this caused the Irish to starve which in turn caused !it's of Irish to emigrate to USA, a journey in itself which was not the safest of rides ?

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Just across the road from Croagh Patrick was nice to see and it really told a story the expressions on faces amazing

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Southern California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

A sad memorial to those who died on a ship going to America to escape the terrible Irish potato famine of the 1850s. The metal structure includes images of skeleton like figures floating within the lower sail area.

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Cudahy, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

This evocative sculpture at the foot of Croag Patrick remembers the over one million Irish who emigrated to America during the Great Hunger of the late 1840s. While the government in London exported food grown in Ireland, the poor of Ireland, especially in the western half of the island, died of disease and starvation. Many of the destitute were packed... More 

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warrington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This monument commemorates the Irish Famine with its huge loss of life. It sits in front of Croagh Patrick so worth visiting both at the same time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

It's nice to visit somewhere and relsome history about what has shaped the country. This memorial is an interesting see at the bottom of Croagh Patrick. Great scenery from this memorial.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This amazing memorial is placed at the foot of Croagh Patrick, and depicts the refugees it carries as dead souls hanging from the sides. It was created in bronze by John Behan. We were both very moved by the memorial -- it reminded us of the wonderful memorial to the same tragedies located on the Hudson River in Manhattan, a... More 

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County Meath, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Always a stop off when on the road to Louisburg. This haunting scene is on a par to the Famine scene on the quays near the Financial centre in Dublin. Worth taking children to it too!

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Ballyshannon, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

A sad but memorable visit to the Coffin Ship which is located just about a 10 minute drive from Westport Co. Mayo. Between 1845 and 1850 the 8 million citizens of Ireland were deprived of food that was shipped to England for sale by devious landlords, at that time the potato crop failed but enough food was exported to England... More 

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