Famine Remembrance Park

The Famine Remembrance Park (Irish: Páirc Chuimhneacháin An Ghorta) is a memorial park located in Cleaghmore, Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland. The park is in remembrance of the Great Famine (1845–1849), which saw the population of the country halved through death and emigration.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Famine Remembrance Park was a joint Town Council and community project, designed by Gerry Cleary and opened in 1998.[2] The site located in Cleaghmore, Ballinasloe, County Galway was donated by the Trench family for the burial of hundreds of people during the Great Famine.[3] It now contains over 8,000 plants and shrubs.[4]

The park features a dedication and memorial monument, designed by John O'Connor and erected by the Ballinasloe Historical Society.[2] It also features an urn monument designed by Helen Comerford.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Daly, Brendan (24 July 2020). "Facts about The Great Famine emigration out of Ireland". irishcentral.com. Retrieved 2 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Ballinasloe, Co. Galway (1997) — Irish Famine Memorials". irishfaminememorials.com. Retrieved 2 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "ByRoute 13.2 Co. Roscommon / Co. Galway – Ballinasloe (Co. Galway / East)". irelandbyways.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Ballinasloe Town Development Plan 2009-2015 – as Varied on 12-07-2011" (PDF). ballinasloeenterprisecentre.ie. Retrieved 2 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)