A Lecture at the Great Famine Memorial in Westport
Our group gathers around
the Famine Memorial in Westport, County Mayo, for a tribute to all the people who died in
transit to the US, some who actually drowned when two ships capsized not far
from this memorial. We learned that at the time of the Great Famine, the
populations of Ireland was about 8 million. It is believed that 1.5 million
died of starvation, and another 1.5 million immigrated to the US and Canada.