Pens on a World Map
Penner: Ruth Ann Dell of South Africa
Location: County Roscommon, Ireland
A Woodland Walk
Other features in Strokestown Park are the Georgian Palladium mansion, the walled pleasure gardens and the National Irish Famine museum which commemorates the Great Irish famine of the 1840s when blight destroyed the potato crops. Almost a quarter of the population died or emigrated during that time.
At the time of my visit, several schools participated in a competition and made sculptures inspired by Strokestown Park. These sculptures were placed along the twists and turns of the path and provided fascinating windows into Irish history.
Here are a few of them:
The Little Old White House
This is a symbol of Irish culture, traditions and skills over the centuries. It depicts hard times when some landowners drove poor families out of their homes and burnt their cottages.
This ingenious sculpture, made of plastic cutlery, symbolises the times when common people starved and become nothing but rags and bones while the rich landlords enjoyed huge feasts.
This sculpture reminds viewers of the terrible living conditions on the ships in which folk emigrated to America to find work and food. Many passengers died before they reached America.
The First Supper
This portrays the fact that poor people were so ravished by hunger that they committed crimes as jail was a better prospect than going to the workhouse. A bowl of gruel in jail was like a sumptuous feast to new prisoners.
|Me at Altamont Gardens in County Carlow|
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Ruth Ann Dell writes from her home in a sunny South African suburb. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and desires to write gripping stories which draw her readers into a closer relationship with God. Ruth Ann and her husband have also lived in England and Rhodesia. They are renovating a cottage in the heart of Ireland. Ruth Ann's cyber home is at http://www.ruthanndell.blogspot.com/
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