Irish Famine Ship Memorial


There are many monuments in Ireland in respect of the Great Famine. This one consists of a central piece of limestone. which originated as a memorial to Celia Griffin, a 6 year old girl who died in the city of starvation in 1847. To this has been added two sandstone monuments which are carved in the form of a ship's sail, like those which carried thousands of emigrants from Ireland in and after the famine years. Many died on the journey, hence the ships were often known as coffin ships. The sandstone monuments each contain 50 of the 100 names of ships known to have carried Irish people across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Salt Hill, Galway Ireland
Historical Subject: 

The Irish Famine

Date of Dedication: 
July 2012
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