The Great Famine

The Famine Memorial – near Murrisk Abbey in Murrisk

One tragic story from the Great Famine was concerning overĀ 600 people from Louisburgh, including women and children who were starving as a result of the famine. Rumor had it that if they would walk to Delphi Lodge (over 17 km) where their landlords and council of guardians were, that they would be given food.

So, on a bleak and freezing night, these walking corpses, barely alive, made the long trek. When they arrived, they was no food for them. Most died on the road home.

The Famine Exhibition tells an important chapter in Irish history, and brings to life the people who suffered, as well as those who caused their destruction.