Coffin Ship Sculpture in Mayo

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Coffin Ship sculpture, National Famine Memorial, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland
Located just opposite the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick and overlooking Clew Bay, the ‘Coffin Ship' sculpture by John Behan commemorates the millions who perished in the Great Famine of the 1840s. Many who didn't perish in Ireland chanced emigration on overcrowded ships in less than favorable conditions. The skeletal bodies which make up the rigging remind us of those who didn't survive the crossing.

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