Replica of Famine home
Newmarket Co. Kilkenny:
the Suir Valley and in a triangle between Callan , Thurles and
Mitchelstown remnants of the famine period may be seen.
Newmarket Development Association have built a"Famine Theme Garden and Famine House", to commemorate 150 years post famine.
The garden is divided in two. A path to the left and one to the right.
Left Path represents those people who had to leave for "Hell or to Connaught" during the Cromwellian times.
Right Path represents those who survived and made it.
In the picture is Christy Twomey, retired teacher from Newmarket National School who is spearheding the work of the Association.
Recently President Mary
McAleese opened the Commemorative Famine Garden of
Remembrance at Newmarket Co. Kilkenny.
Among distinguished gathering she praised the work of the organising Committee for their dedication to the memory of those who died and perished on the coffin ships as well as to those who survived the ordeal of total devastation, starvation and inhuman conditions.
Their memory will live on for generations yet unborn.
Here are depicted some images of the path to destruction and to hope.
Famine house and entrance gate with plaque.
Monolithic sandstone "Cairde an Ghairdin".
Two paths. One leading left to starvation and death on the coffin ships. The other to the right to successful life in foreign lands.
Bridge and paths
On the left is a carving depicting the skeletons of thos e who perished.
Depicting those who were successful
The Famine story written in stone