Star of the Sea: A Postcolonial/Postmodern Voyage into the Irish FamineMain MenuAbout This ProjectStar of the Sea OverviewJoseph O'ConnorIn this section, you will learn more about Joseph O'Connor and the other works he producedPostcolonial TheoryPostmodernismThe Gothic in Star of the SeaHistorical FiguresLanguage and Music in Irish CultureBiology of the FamineLandlords, Tenants, and EvictionsIn the following pages, you'll learn about landlords, tenants, and evictions during the Irish Potato FamineGovernment Policies and EmigrationMediaMemorialsContributorsBrief biographies of the people who made this book.
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12016-02-15T13:42:14-08:00Ireland29One of the highlighted memorials is the Broken Heart Fountain (1997) in Limerick and a second is the National Famine Memorial and Coffin Ship (1997) in Murrisk.plain2016-03-16T13:30:32-07:0053.7791623,-9.651887752.3939, -8.3758The “Coffin Ship” National Famine memorial that is pictured is in Murrisk, Co. Mayo. The artist who designed it was named John Behan. It was completed in 1997 after being commissioned by the Irish National Famine Commemoration Committee. It was unveiled by the President of Ireland Mary Robinson. There are plaques in both Irish and English at this location. The English plaque reads “To honour the memory of all who died, suffered and emigrated due to the Great famine of 1845 – 1850 and the victims of all famines.” This quite masterfully captures empathy for those who have suffered in the past and makes a connection to relevance in conversation with the future. The memorial depicts a ship riddled with skeletons and bones serving as certain parts of the ship, reinforcing how tragic and deadly travel was in many immigration ships and reinforcing how awful conditions were in Ireland that people felt inclined to board one of these ships in hopes of starting a new life elsewhere.