The Famine Family Memorial

The Famine Family Memorial, Sligo

The Famine Family Memorial
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Elaine Kennedy
510 contributions
Easy to find Memorial park
Sep 2021 • Friends
Plenty of parking outside, ornate gates the first thing to get you as you enter is the sculpture of the tree. Nice quiet place to reflect. To the right is the sign children's graveyard, no actual headstones but tributes there. A bench to sit on. Important we remember.
Written 5 September 2021
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UrbanAngel5
Belfast, UK281 contributions
Unexpectedly emotional
Jul 2020 • Solo
I planned to visit the famine graveyard when I visited Sligo and had read about this statue also. I didn’t realise that I had accidentally driven past it in the dark on the night of my arrival. It is in the middle of a non-descript car park! When I walked to the statue the next day I was able to appreciate it it better. I found it to be unexpectedly emotive, humbling and thought provoking. An excellent piece of artwork. Prompted me to re-read (or listen!) to the Under the Hawthorne tree audiobook on my onward travels later that day.
Written 24 July 2020
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kojo b
Greater Melbourne, Australia74 contributions
Evocative statue
Sep 2019
Stunning artwork, but suspect that the more you know about the history of the famine, the more you will appreciate it.
Written 26 September 2019
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Pam D
Mansfield, UK1,446 contributions
Thought provoking
May 2019 • Couples
A lovely memorial remembering those who died, tucked away in a car park on a back street by the river in Sligo.
Written 23 May 2019
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suzannahMT
Pleasant Hill, CA78 contributions
Moving, compact memorial
Aug 2018 • Friends
We visited this memorial on our self-guided foot tour through Sligo. While it's not the largest memorial, it's impactful on an intimate, personal level. We were glad to see it during out time here.
Written 17 December 2018
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Robert H
Dronfield, UK637 contributions
A fitting memorial but in an unusual place
Sep 2018
We stumbled over this monument by chance. I was so glad to have seen it.
Surely this beautiful sculpture should be placed in a more prominent place and not placed at the side of a car park. It just doesn’t do it justice.
Written 17 September 2018
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DisIllusioneD_52
Edmonton, Alberta113 contributions
Hard to find!
Jul 2018 • Solo
If I wouldn't have marked its exact location on my map, I never would have found it. Created by the same sculptor as the statue of Annie Moore and her brothers found in Cobh, it's a powerful reminder of the desperation of the time. It deserves a more prominent and easily accessed location, rather than an add-on next to a parking lot.
Written 6 August 2018
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Travel52_11
Belfast, UK68 contributions
very moving, shame about the parking lot...
Jul 2018 • Solo
It is a shame that the city has not found a way to respect What this memorial represents for so many of us who are trying to trace our roots, by allowing a parking lot to surround this magnificent piece of history.
Written 12 July 2018
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Joe O
42 contributions
Beautifully, Profoundly Moving Work of Art
Jun 2018 • Family
We chanced upon this profoundly touching statue while completing a riverside walk. Of Irish extraction, and familiar with the history and literature of the famine, I would not have sought it out but am glad it found me. Great art memorializes the necessary reminders that strike to the heart in ways that factual statistics and chronicles of suffering cannot.
Written 28 June 2018
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Finlandia51
Worksop, UK36 contributions
POIGNANT HISTORY MEMORIAL
Apr 2018 • Family
With my own family ancestors being caught up in the Irish famines of the19th century, the visit was most meaningful to me.
You can’t go to Dublin without visiting this memorial
Written 18 June 2018
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