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Sligo, Ireland: 6 reviews and 13 photos
This is one of three sculptures commissioned by the Sligo Famine Commemoration Committee to honor the victims of the Irish Potato Famine (1845?1849), Over 30,000 people emigrated through the port of Sligo. The plaque reads "Letter to America, January 2, 1850" - tells one family's sad story which can be read in its entirety in my traveloge.
Sligo was one of the main ports of emigration on the western coast and it became known as the embarkation point for the 'coffin ships', as the poorest of the poor walked here and sailed from this town. Many thousands of others walked from Sligo to Dublin, to depart from the River Liffey
There is no record of how many died on that 140 mile-walk. It was claimed that Sligo's own death rate was not as high as the other devastated counties of the West and the South at the time and it is reported that some of the landlords of this county were fair-minded and caring people.
Address: County Sligo
Directions: On Quay Street in Sligo Town
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