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National Famine Memorial

Carrowkeel, Murrisk, Co. Mayo, Ireland


About National Famine Memorial

The National Famine Memorial commemorates the people of Ireland who died in the Great Irish Famine and is situated in Murrisk, County Mayo. The monument was designed by Dublin artist John Behan and shows a “Coffin ship”.

Attractions near National Famine Memorial

Croagh Patrick2.61km from National Famine Memorial

Croagh Patrick is a mountain peak steeped in history, religion and mythology. At 764m high and offering breathtaking views across Clew Bay, climbing it is also a rite of passage for hiking enthusiasts. The mountain overlooks Clew Bay and the entire western coastline and is particularly associated with Ireland's patron saint, St Patrick.

Collanmore Island5.77km from National Famine Memorial

Collanmore is a private and unique island in Clew Bay, only 12 minutes from Westport. It is overlooked by the majestic Croagh Patrick and is located in an area of outstanding beauty. From Collanmore there are views of Croagh Patrick and the bay. It is accessed by boat from Rosmoney pier, a few kilometres from Westport, County Mayo.

Westport House7.23km from National Famine Memorial

This is a well known Irish tourist attraction, owned by the Hughes family who own a number of businesses in the west of Ireland. Until January 2017, it was the ancestral seat of the Browne family, whose head was the Marquess of Sligo. The title and the house were separated in 2014, following the death of Jeremy Browne, 11th Marquess of Sligo, who left the estate to his five daughters.

Great Western Greenway7.98km from National Famine Memorial

The Great Western Greenway walking and cycling trail is Irelands fastest growing and most sought-after tourism attraction. Running 44km around the Eastern and Northern stretches of Clew Bay in Co Mayo. The Great Western Greenway follows the line of the old Midlands Great Western Railway, which closed in 1937. It can be completed in either direction, although the best approach is from west to east, with the prevailing wind at your back.

Old Head Beach8.56km from National Famine Memorial

This excellent, rural beach is located in Louisburgh, in County Mayo. It is sheltered by cliffs and woodland. This beach has a number of rock pools that are exposed when the tide is out. The beach is sheltered from the south and west. Its sheltered location makes it perfect for swimming.

Rockfleet Castle12.91km from National Famine Memorial

Rockfleet Castle, also known as Carrickahowley Castle, stands at the mouth of a small inlet on the northern shores of Clew Bay in County Mayo. The Castle is renowned for its links with Grace O`Malley, a pirate sea Queen who inhabited the castle in the latter part of the 16th Century. It has four floors and is over eighteen metres in height looking out towards the drumlins of Clew Bay. Though entry to the castle was once available to the public, it is now strictly prohibited for safety reasons.

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County Mayo is a county in Ireland. In the West of Ireland, in the province of Connacht, it is named after the village of Mayo. stretches over 2,175 square miles and is home to 130,507 people. Mayo's county town is picturesque Westport, crowned as "the best place to live in Ireland" in early summer 2012 by the Irish Times.