Sunday, July 22, 2012

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.

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