– a most beautiful place to visit with strong connections to the Great Famine. It sits just north of Killary Fjord and south of Louisburgh. We were driving in the area and came upon it quite unexpectedly and its quiet beauty took our breath away. There are two lakes nestled between the rich, lush mountains along the Wild Atlantic Way.
At the northern end of the valley, right next to the road, there is a cross built in memory of the victims of the “Doolough Tragedy”. During the great famine in 1849 hundreds of needy inhabitants of Louisburgh set off on foot to Delphi Lodge to seek food from the authorities there. However, they were harshly rejected. On the way back to Louisburgh, many of them died of hunger and frost in the Doolough Valley.
A quote by Mahatma Gandhi is engraved in the cross: “It has always been a mystery to me how people can feel honored by the humiliation of their fellow human beings”
Measuring 26 x 30 cm or 10 x 12 inches and presented in an aged silver frame with off white inner mount.