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National Famine Monument

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Tim O wrote a review Aug 2020
Abbeyleix, Ireland10 contributions12 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Bean_Limerick 🇮🇪 wrote a review Aug 2020
Limerick, Ireland33,053 contributions134 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Ana L wrote a review Oct 2019
Navan, Ireland2,683 contributions1,062 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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LFL101 wrote a review Oct 2019
Chicago, Illinois126 contributions53 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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John M wrote a review Oct 2019
Lyon, France1,615 contribution394 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: August 2019
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