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Monday, 12 March 2012

The Paupers Acre .......




 The Paupers Acre   Manorhamilton
 County Leitrim  Ireland


This burial place is located next to the Manorhamilton Workhouse
on the west coast of Ireland ... a very sombre place to visit as it was used as a
burial place for paupers who died during the Great Irish Potato Famine in the 1840's.
My sister and I visited here while on a journey to Ireland to trace
our family tree ... and felt very moved to be treading softly upon this hallowed ground.







This is my contribution to
Taphophile Tragics
&
Our World Tuesday

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32 comments:

Julie said...

Dianne, that would have to be the softest and the greenest grass that I have seen in many a long year.

There are no headstones because they are paupers and condemned to rest in an unmarked grave?

Apparently many of our convict ancestors were meted out a similar fate by their betters, who should have known better!!

diane b said...

At least they are resting in a beautiful spot. I saw 4 corners tonight about Irelands financial crisis, a sad story. I tried to email you to answer your question but it kept bouncing back. Has your email changed from the one on your profile?

Mama Zen said...

That must have been an amazing place to visit. Lovely pictures!

Halcyon said...

A lovely pauper's field. It even seems a better place to be buried than a traditional cemetery to me. It's so open and green.

Jim said...

Great post.

Sylvia K said...

I have read about the problems during the Great Famine and it is SO sad! But thankfully they do have a beautiful place to rest! It must be an incredible experience to visit there! My ancestors were from Ireland, too, and came to the states during the Famine. Thanks for sharing these, Dianne!

Sylvia

Valerie said...

Beautiful captures of a beautiful country, notwithstanding its tragedies over the centuries. (We must have been "on the same wavelength", as I was only yesterday considering Ireland as a possible future destination (again))! Thanks for sharing.

Kay L. Davies said...

A beautiful place, but definitely "tragic".
K

VioletSky said...

Hard to imagine so much tragedy in such a lush, verdantly green spot

Jack said...

I have seen other paupers fields, but none as lush as this one.

I also visited Ireland in search of ancestors, but I didn't have enough information to get very far.

Sondra said...

This is a lovely spot..I think its awesome that you made the trip to find your roots and visited this burial ground...

Stephanie said...

One thing about Ireland is their unique green color, looks like a very fresh green too! Gorgeous photos!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

How wonderful that you went back to Ireland to trace your family tree.
The Paupers Acre is so beautiful with the lush, green grass.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Nadege, said...

A beautiful resting place for these unfortunate souls...so green and lush.

mick said...

Sombre but beautiful.

AL said...

I'm sure you are aware that there are numerous spots like this dotted all over Eire...I've visited a fair number in my time on many trips to This fair Isle. A beautiful, peaceful view and lovely resting place after the hardships they endured.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

ah the green green grass of Ireland.

Joe said...

It is indeed a very beautiful resting place. The aloneness of the solitary statue is very poigniant.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Sad how we discriminate even in death.

Gemma Wiseman said...

The beautiful emerald green, the stunning view...as if a symbol of the souls of those who rest there! Such a lovely place to rest...possibly their first place of rest! A very moving site and sight!

Mark said...

Great post Dianne, in my youth I spent a bit of time in Ireland but never came across these burial sites but then again I spent a lot of time sitting in pubs!
The famine was a shocking event, great post for today.

Snap said...

What a beautiful, solemn place .... so calm. Peace.

hamilton said...

I get a feeling of such loneliness from your first photo.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh that lush green grass looks like heaven to these scorched eyes Dianne, well you know what I mean. Honestly if I was going to be interred I'd rather somewhere like this without a headstone, than somewhere unappealing with a grand headstone!

Deb said...

I think this green memorial is a fitting tribute to those who died in such a terrible way. It certainly makes you think about what life (and death) must have been like for them.

CaT said...

its pretty bu sad!

biebkriebels said...

It looks a lovely place to be buried, so peaceful in the green, but the people who died had a terrible life and dead. Such a sad time.

Kathy said...

These photos are just beautiful!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting post and I like the pictures, the bench is a fabulous detail!
Léia

Herding Cats said...

Great post and such a beautiful place, so peaceful. Thanks for sharing.

NixBlog said...

Very sad place, given its history, Dianne. Lovely shots!

Alan said...

You've made me homesick, Dianne! Then again, it's less than an hour on a plane:-)

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