One eighth of the population of Ireland are said to have died of hunger in the late 1840s, on the doorstep of the world's richest nations.
Altogether, about a million of the poorest people in Ireland are reliably estimated to have died of starvation and epidemic disease between 1846 and 1851, and some two million forced into emigration in a period of a little more than a decade (1845-55). Comparison with other modern and contemporary famines establishes beyond any doubt that the Irish famine of the late 1840s, was worse in terms of death, than those still occurring around the World today.
In life these people had no voice, they were born into poverty, struggled for a while to survive,and finally died in misery, only to suffer the final indignity of an unmarked paupers grave.
It is to the memory of all these poor souls,whose names have long since been forgotten, that I place this memorial.