Coffin Ship, Westport

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Address: Croagh Patrick, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland

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About Coffin Ship, Westport

Perhaps one of the most trying times in Irish history is the great famine in the 1840s. The legacy left behind by the incident still runs deep in 21st century Ireland.

The Coffin Ship memorial represents the story ofemigration ships crossing the Atlantic during the famine. The ships were always overburdened with minimal food and negligible sanitation adding to disease-ridden vessels. The mortality rate was as high as 30% and often the bodies were thrown overboard. Legends describe sharks following the ships due to the number of bodies thrown into the sea.

A story of great sorrow, the ship is locked in history as a ‘National Famine Memorial’ depicts a ship made with skeletons bearing bones as rigging.

A must-visit, the memorial is the largest bronze monument in Ireland.

Coffin Ship Information

  • Do visit the nearby summit of St. Patrick.
  • Carry your own snacks. 

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