National Famine Monument

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National Famine Monument
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Tim O
Ireland27 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
A Sculpture of a famine ship on the foot hill of Croagh Patrick, It lacks information of what the famine was about and it could do with seating for weary legs. Still worth a visit only if your visiting the area.
Written 12 August 2020
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Bean_Limerick 🇮🇪
Limerick, Ireland35,566 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a beautiful sculpture. The three masts remind one of the three crosses on Calvary. It is only when you get up close that you realise that skeletons make up part of the sculpture. It is a vivid reminder of how our ancestors suffered. A beautiful and sad work of art.
Written 1 August 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,701 contributions
Oct 2019
And important to remember that so many millions died on this famine, and so many had to leave. Sad but true. Very beautiful and moving statue.
Written 29 October 2019
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LFL101
Chicago, IL128 contributions
Oct 2019
Very moving. Take time to really examine the details, the skeletons representing those trying to escape the famine only to die aboard ships traveling to the States.
Written 19 October 2019
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John M
Lyon, France1,797 contributions
Aug 2019
The National Famine Monument, unveiled in 1997 by President Mary Robinson, is located directly opposite the carpark at the foot of Croagh Patrick. This is a very scenic area, on the south side of Clew Bay, about 2.5 miles east of the seaside town of Lecanvey and 5 miles west of Westport. The monument is a bronze memorial that depicts a Famine Ship, with emaciated skeletons symbolising the many people who fled from Ireland in hopes of starting a new life abroad, over one hundred and fifty years ago.

Hunger and unhygenic conditions on the ship meant that many did not survive the trip.The ship known as a "Coffin Ship" has skeletal bodies hanging from the sides in the rigging, to represent the dead souls of refugees. This striking monument is a deeply touching commemoration of the millions who perished in the Great Famine
Written 18 October 2019
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Sara T
Ellicott City, MD636 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Pictures do not do this memorial justice. I was very moved by the memorial they erected - a ship with skeleton pirates
Written 13 July 2019
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Avis H
Gaithersburg, MD151 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
The memorial is set in a park just as the base of Crough Patrick and just above beautiful ruins of an Abbey. We did not hike the mountain this trip but will definitely do that soon.
Written 30 June 2019
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Stephen F
Southampton, UK184 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
The 'Coffin Ship' memorial has been here since 1997. It's quite a thing, and difficult if not impossible to capture the imagery and emotional punch with a photograph. Google 'coffin ships' to learn more. With this impressive monument, skeletal wraiths of the famine-dead swirl around a three-masted refugee ship, forming its rigging and fixtures. It's beautiful, haunting and melancholy - viewed with Croagh Patrick rising behind one way, or the view across fields and out to sea the other. Well worth a stop; it's easy to whizz by on the main road or down the lane, where the entrance is. Murrisk Abbey is down that lane, and worth a look too.
Written 10 June 2019
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Paul B
Reading, MA1,291 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
The entire area is inspiring from the Mountain (St. Patrick) to the famine monument across from the parking lot. A busy street, so beware.
Written 27 May 2019
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Mr C
3,957 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is a very moving and evocative memorial. A three masted black ship sculpture with intertwined skeletons. It is located at the base of Croagh Patrick. A must see if passing.
Written 17 March 2019
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