Visiting Strokestown

What to see and do in Strokestown, Ireland

The Famine Museum of Strokestown. In case you want to learn more about the past day-to-day life of the people living in the area of what is now Ireland, then you should definitely visit the Famine Museum of Strokestown. This museum is dedicated to the great Irish Famine for the 1840s, one of the greatest social disasters of the 19th century in the entire Europe. The Great Irish Famine took place between 1845 and 1850 and it was mainly caused by the devastation of the potato crop by blight. At the same time, during the Great Famine it is estimated that more than one million people died of starvation. The Famine Museum of Strokestown has a strong educational role as it vividly shows letters and documents of the victims of the famine back then. Moreover, it looks to create a link with the horrors and ongoing consequences of famine that millions of people from third world countries are experiencing today. Even though it was open in 1994, the Famine Museum makes a bold statement regarding history, as it stands proof that the past is not always about triumphant battles and great kings, but vulnerability and suffering as well.

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