The Coffin ship, Dunbrody
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Take the motorway to Waterford, Tramore, Cobn and New Ross. We have come to see the replica of the Dunbrody which was converted to take passengers to North America during the potato famine. In 1846 the passage in steerage class cost £3.10s which was the equivilant of two years pay then. There was an introductory film then a tour of the ship where two 'passengers' told of their experiences during their journey. The horrors of the cramped wooden partitioned areas that whole families often crammed into. When it was rough and the passengers were sea sick, they were locked in below decks and disease spread rapidly killing many of the already starvation weakened people. Many died during the 6 week voyage hence the Dunbrody became known as one of the coffin ships.
Blaney Castle is fitted in todays's viewing and I am vey impressed with the gardens though only Andrew makes the climb to the Blaney Stone.
Onwards following a westerly route around the coastline we stop in Ballinspittle. I make a potato and bacon soup as it seems appropriate to have potatoes in Ireland and we have the other half of the rhubarb pie and custard. This camp site appears to be in the grounds of the ruins of a formely grand house and estate having stone walls and one of the amenities blocks built into a partial ruined out building.