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Murrisk in County Mayo, Connacht, Ireland — Irish West
 

Murrisk Abbey / National Famine Monument / Statue of St Patrick

Clew Bay Archaeological Trail sites 6, 7, 8

 

Slí Seandálaíochta Chuan Módh

 
<i>Murrisk</i> Abbey / <i>National Famine Monument</i> / <i>Statue of St Patrick Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Murrisk Abbey / National Famine Monument / Statue of St Patrick Marker
Inscription.
Murrisk Abbey • site 6
Muraisc - Sea Marsh


Murrisk Abbey was founded circa 1456 by the Augustinian Friars because “the inhabitants of those parts have not hitherto been instructed in their faith.” It quickly became the preferred starting point for pilgrimages up Croagh Patrick. Before then, pilgrims approached the mountain from AnTóchar Phádraig, which starts in Aughagower.

The ruins consist of an L-shaped building representing the long and narrow church, the sacristy and the chapter room with overhead dormitory. There is a beautiful east window with carved human heads on the wall outside. The south wall is crowned with unusual battlements and a number of trefoil and ogee-headed windows. There was a belfry tower at the west end of the church, inserted after the church was completed. However, the church outlived its new addition; all that survives of this tower now is a ribbed vault.

Mainistir Mhuraisce
Deirtear gur bhunaigh na Manaigh Agaistíneacha Mainistir Mhuraisce in 1456 mar gheall nach raibh teagasc faighte ag na daoine a chónaigh sa cheantar sin ar an gcreideamh. Ba ghearr go mba é an pointe tosaigh é d'oilithreachtai suas Cruach Phádraig. Roimbh sin, thugadh oilithrigh faoin sliabh ó Thóchar Phádraig, ag tosú in Ath an Ghabhair.

Is foirgneamh
<i>Murrisk</i> Abbey / <i>National Famine Monument</i> / <i>Statue of St Patrick Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Murrisk Abbey / National Famine Monument / Statue of St Patrick Marker
Looking south, with a cloud-covered Croagh Patrick at upper right distance.
i gcruth L atá san fhoirgneamh a léirionn séipéal fada cúng, an sacraisti agus an seomra caibidle le suanlios os a chionn. Tá fuinneog álainn ar an taobh thoir agus tá cinn daoine snoite ar an mballa lasmuigh. Tá táibhle ar an mballa ó dheas agus fuinneoga trédhuilleacha agus ceannchioma. Bhíodh cloigtheach ag ceann thiar an tséipéil, a cuireadh isteach tar éis an séipéal féin a bheith criochnaithe. Mar sin féin, is faide a mhair an séipéal ná an píosa nua a cuireadh leis; ní mhaireann den túr anois ach boghta iomaireach.

National Famine Monument • site 7
The National Famine Monument was unveiled in July 1997 by President Mary Robinson. Created by John Behan, the monument is cast in bronze and depicts what were known as the coffin ships. The sails on this ship are fashioned like skeletons, representing the misery of the trip to the New World for millions.

In 2001, a sister monument was unveiled outside the United Nations building in New York. However, the New York ship also has two gangplanks with survivors emerging onto land after their trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

Séadchomhartha Náisiúnta an Ghorta
Nocht an tUachtarán Máire Mhic Róibín Séadchomhartha Náisiúnta an Ghorta i mí lúil 1997. Ba é John Behan a dhear é agus teilgeadh an séadchomhartha i gcré-umha agus léirionn sé a raibh ar eolas faoi na longa báis. Tá seolta
Murrisk Abbey image. Click for full size.
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3. Murrisk Abbey
an loing múnlaithe mar chreatlaigh, rud a léirionn an ainnise a bhain leis an aistear chuig an Domhan Nua do na milliúin duine.

In 2001, nochtadh comh-shéadchomhartha lasmuigh d'fhoirgneamh na Náisiún Aontaithe i Nua Eabhrac. Tá dhá stangairt ar long Nua Eabhrac, áfach, a léirionn na daoine a mhair trid an anó ag teacht i dtír tar éis an aistir trasna na Farraige Móire.

Statue of St Patrick • site 8
The Statue of St Patrick at the start of the traditional pilgrim route up Croagh Patrick was erected in 1928 by Father Patrick Patterson.

While the statue is not one of the traditional stations along the pilgrim route, it is used by most people as a starting and finishing point for the journey up the mountain.

Dealbh de Naomh Pádraig
Tá an Dealbh de Naomh Pádraig ag tús an bhealaigh oilithreachta traidisiúnta suas Cruach Phádraig agus is é an tAthair Patrick Patterson a thóg i sa bhliain 1928.

Cé nach ceann de na stáisiúin thraidisiúnta í an dealbh ar an mbealach oilithreachta, baineann formhór na ndaoine úsáid aisti mar an pointe tosaigh agus an pointe deiridh den aistear suas an sliabh.
 
Erected by Mayo County Council, South West Mayo, and Comhoail Oileáin na hÉireann.
 
Location. 53° 46.751′ N, 9° 
Murrisk Abbey East Window image. Click for full size.
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4. Murrisk Abbey East Window
38.388′ W. Marker is in Murrisk, Connacht, in County Mayo. Touch for map. Marker is on the eastern edge of the Croagh Patrick Visitor Center parking lot, off Road R335.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Famine Memorial (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Squadron Leader R. F. C. Garvey (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Murrisk Friary / Mainistir Mhuraisce (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Murrisk Fisherman's Monument (approx. one kilometer away); Major John Mac Bride / Seán Mac Giolla Bríde (approx. 8.1 kilometers away); Lime Kiln, Moneen, (approx. 9.5 kilometers away); Famine Museum and Granuaile Centre, Louisburgh (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); Srahwee or Altóir Megalithic Wedge Tomb (approx. 14.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murrisk.
 
Also see . . .
1. Murrisk Abbey. (Submitted on February 20, 2010.)
2. Murrisk Abbey. (Submitted on February 20, 2010.)
3. National Famine Monument. (Submitted on February 20, 2010.)
4. Ireland's Great Famine. (Submitted on February 20, 2010.)
5. Croagh Patrick. (Submitted on February 20, 2010.)
6. Croagh Patrick. (Submitted on February 20, 2010.)
7. Clew Bay Archaeological Trail. (Submitted on February 28, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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National Famine Monument image. Click for full size.
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5. National Famine Monument
Cloud-covered Croagh Patrick in distance.
National Famine Monument Skeletons image. Click for full size.
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6. National Famine Monument Skeletons
 
 
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