A Tour of Famine Sights in Ireland: National Famine Museum, Strokestown, Roscommon; National Famine Monument, Mayo; Doolough Valley, Mayo; Rowan Gillespie Sculptures, Dublin.
From Donovan King:
My brother Jason (IrishCanadian FamineResearcher) & I visited many Famine Monuments in Ireland this summer. Here are some of the pictures. One of the most memorable for me was the Strokestown Famine Museum (http://www.strokestownpark.ie/), where we got to wander through the Palladian mansion of Anglo-Irish landlord Major Denis Mahon, an estate-owner who sent so many Famine-stricken Irish away on coffin ships to save himself some money. Needless to say, he was assassinated on November 2nd, 1847. I was pleased that this symbol of oppression is now a center of education. Not only could we wander through his luxurious home and learn about his bizarre habits, but there is now the National Famine Museum attached to his home and his woodland garden is now full of Famine sculptures created by students across Ireland.
National Famine Museum, Strokestown, County Roscommon:
Portrait of Major Denis Mahon, assassinated November 2nd, 1847.
Pistol that was used to assassinate Denis Mahon:
Remains of Denis Mahon exposed to the elements in the ruins of the family crypt:
National Famine Museum Glass Wall Memorial to the 1490 Families forced to emigrate from the Mahon Estate in Stroketown, Roscommon, to Grosse Isle, Quebec in 1847 on board the Erin’s Queen, the Virginius, the Naomi, and the John Munn, which were some of the worst of the “coffin ships”:
Famine sculpture by secondary school students on woodland walk at Strokestown Park House:
John Behan, National Famine Monument, at the foot of Croagh Patrick, Murrisk, County Mayo:
Doolough Valley Memorials for tragedy of 1849:
Rowan Gillespie Famine Sculptures, Dublin: