Famine Garden of Remembrance
A short stroll down a winding path behind the Hospital brings one to the long-forgotten mass graveyard, which has been refurbished. On Saturday 18th July 1998, following a prayer service conducted by Rev. Brian Brennan and Rev. Ivan Biggs, President Mary McAleese officially opened the Garden of Remembrance. In her opening statement the President said :
“In dedicating this small part of Carrick-on-Shannon – the Famine Graveyard in the shadow of the former workhouse (itself a place that featured in the Great Famine), you are in a sense completing the process of grieving and accepting the terrible tragedy that has affected all our lives in way or another. That process of acceptance allows us to look back and reflect on what happened – to consider the factors that contributed to it – and to recognise that it is now very much part of our make-up.”
The precise records of who is buried in the graveyard are scanty. It is generally believed the mass grave of approximately 900 holds high proportions of children who perished from the ravishes of hunger and disease. The Famine Garden of Remembrance is a tranquil place with plaques, a water feature and benches to sit and reflect and perhaps pray for those poor souls who perished during one of the worst periods in Irish history, just 165 years ago. The Famine Garden of Remembrance is open all year round.