This Sunday, May 18 at 5pm, a memorial to 19 orphan girls shipped to Sydney Australia during the Great Famine will be opened in Ballyshannon. The girls are named at the impressive memorial beside Ballyshannon workhouse where a traditional stone wall surround, a Famine pot from the workhouse, a floral area and information panels about the orphans tells of their ordeal.
A limited edition book costing a nominal €5 with lots of photographs describes how they survived in Australia and how their descendants have reconnected with Ballyshannon. Everyone in the area is most welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.
The girls were from Belleek, Mulleek, Kinlough and the Ballyshannon areas.
This memorial and book has received substantial funding from Ballyshannon Town Council along with generous donations from home and abroad.
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