Famine Memorial Fountain (Mullingar)

The Famine Memorial Fountain is a memorial to the Great Famine in Mullingar, Ireland. The memorial stands in a public square at an intersection between Dominick Street and Oliver Plunkett street.[1][2]

Famine Memorial Fountain Mullingar.jpg

HistoryEdit

The memorial was dedicated in 1997, and features three sets of hand that each catch the water as it flows into a large millstone, in celebration of the towns former industrial past.[3]

A plaque on the memorial reads:

'This sculpture commemorates the famine and its effects in the zone. The mill wheel ties the sculpture to Mullingar by the legend of St Colman. The hands are the hands of thousands.'

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mullingar - The Famine Memorial Fountain and a millstone, recalling the origin of the town's name". Mapio.net. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Geograph:: Famine Memorial Fountain, Mullingar © Brian Shaw". www.geograph.ie. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  3. ^ Eyewitness, D. K. (17 September 2019). DK Eyewitness Ireland. Penguin. ISBN 978-1-4654-9357-6.