This stark and striking monument in Murrisk is an appropriate commemoration of the millions who perished in the Great Famine over one hundered and fifty years ago. Crafted in bronze by John Behan, the dramatic sculpture depicts a "Coffin Ship" with skeleton bodies in the rigging.
"Coffin Ship" was the term used to describe the ships which left our shores horrendously overcrowded with emigrants fleeing the famine. The dire and unhygienic conditions on board ensured that many did not reach their destination.
The National Famine Monument was unveiled in 1997 by President Mary Robinson. Located directly opposite the carpark at the foot of Croagh Patrick, it commands panoramic views over the drumlin landscape of Clew Bay.
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Guided historical walking tour of Murrisk with Fáilte Ireland Approved Tour Guide Brían Hoban take place from next weekend and be repeated each weekend during months of July and August.
Tours will start from the Campbell’s Pub , Murrisk on Sundays commencing at 11a.m.
Group tours may be arranged at other times by appointment. For details call Brían at 087 9234504