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Moving memorial

This is a beautiful piece of art commemorating the lives lost when Irish refugees took ships to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Colene M
Seattle, Washington
Creepy but worth seeing

This monument to the famine is made up of skeletons cast in metal. It is a scary and stark reminder... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bangor, United Kingdom
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Murrisk, Westport, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful piece of art commemorating the lives lost when Irish refugees took ships to places overseas when fleeing the Great Hunger. It is is a lovely setting with views of the coast and Croag Patrick. Seeing this memorial can be combined with...More

Thank Colene M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This monument to the famine is made up of skeletons cast in metal. It is a scary and stark reminder of the people of Ireland who died in the famine and en route to a better life in the States. If in Westport it is...More

Thank Alan1Bangor
Reviewed 4 October 2018

This sculpture embodies the pain, the suffering, and the devastation of the famine years. It is not to be viewed quickly. Take the time to study it for a while and honor those whose lives and livelihoods were lost.

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Reviewed 4 October 2018

This is a somber memorial to the victims of the famine. Beautifully and tastefully done, but very somber, Certainly worth a visit and something we need to remember.

Thank SteveNScottsdale
Reviewed 28 September 2018

We happened to drive past the Coffin Ship. It is not a big site, but the sculpture does convey the tragic time of the potato famine.

Thank Len R
Reviewed 21 September 2018

A stunning and disturbing piece of sculpture by John Behan designed as a memorial to the thousands who died on the coffin ships . I would recommend a visit.

Thank Dtalbit
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The devil is in the details - literally. The sculpture is very well done and brings home the utter despair of the famine. Well worth stopping for a closer look.

Thank LAEricson
Reviewed 27 August 2018

It's a nice statue with a sad meaning. Right across from Campbel's and St.Patrick. It's worth to see if you climb St. Patrick.

Thank Serpens K
Reviewed 25 August 2018

If your travels take you on this road, it's worth a few minutes to look at this sculpture and reflect on how harrowing the journey was to reach the welcoming United States.

Thank LindaPJacksonville
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Moving sculpture in beautiful setting. All free and great drive around the coast to get there from Waterford.

Thank Andrew G
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Rebecca S
3 September 2015|
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Response from Sharron C | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. Westport itself is a really charming town with good cafes. To get to the National Famine Memorial, there is a roundabout in the main street with National Famine Memorial clearly signposted. It is also the way you... More