The National Famine Monument located in Murisk, County Mayo was designed by the artist John Behan. “The Coffin Ship” commemorates the Famine of the 1840s. Skeletons symbolize the many emigrants who died in coffin ships upon leaving Ireland. Croagh Patrick sits in the background. Annual summits commemorate The Famine.
The next closest land mass is Newfoundland. This is where my cousin, Elaine Dollen Clark’s, maternal Irish ancestors arrived, survived and thrived. Please visit her blog, Flynn’s Hill, at flynnshill.blogspot.com.