Famine Graveyard,County Sligo,Ireland The sculpture by Fred Conlon called Faoin Sceach(Under the Hawthorn).This tree stands as a symbol of dignity.It marks the graves of the unnamed dead who perished in the Great Famine of 1845-47.The Great Hunger was like a never-ending winter.The desolation brought hunger,disease and death.The lone tree was held in a position of high importance from early Celtic mythology. The boulder stones surrounding the base allude to ancient forms of burial.
Incredibly beautiful and powerful grave stone. Imagine the joy of the child who, confined to a chair in this life, crosses over and is lifted from that seat, free to run, play and go anywhere he wants, with no limitations!
.i love this. It is one the now underside of my great grandmother's stone. I always get asked what it says and now I can just forward a picture that is far clearer than her stone ever was in my lifetime!