Landscape as Witness: Ireland's Famine Walls
The Irish famine of 1845-52 was a nationwide food shortage resulting from seasons of potato blight, which left many starving. Rather than being rationed, some of the starving Irish were made to labour in Work Relief Schemes for charity to alleviate their suffering by building roads and walls. These constructions had no practical purpose, with roads leading to nowhere and walls separating barren, unused land. The construction of these roads and walls during the Irish Famine has largely remained undocumented within Irish history, yet its traces remain visible across the landscape. It is through these traces that the history behind the constructions can be seen and remembered today. The documenting of these traces prevents this history from ever being forgotten.
Laura Bateman • Elliott Browne-Clarke • David Dooley • Andrew Freeland • Irene Gaspari • Cristina Gismondi • Ciara Gowing • Patricia Healy • Jonathan Ho • Esther Kane • Seán Laoide-Kemp • Robbie McAney • Catherine McAuley • Sinead McCarthy • Richie Mooney • Chris O'Reilly • Saoirse Sexton • Jessica Skelton • Killian Walpole • Adrian Wojtas •