County Roscommon is home to Strokestown house, a very unique tourist attraction. It has the Irish National Famine Museum, which was established in 1994 at Strokestown Park, using the original documents which were recovered during the restoration of the house.
Strokestown Park is hosting the schools sculpture competition in the woodlands walk in memory of the Irish famine. Hundreds of secondary school students spend months making pieces of outdoor art and then have their pieces unveiled in Strokestown Park.
Last year a group of the transition year students from St. Nathy’s College made a sculpture called ‘An Práta Bocht’, which was a blighted lumber potato with shrivelled leaves and a loy from the time of the famine in Ireland. They put a lot of work into it and the sculptures made can still be viewed in Strokestown Park.
You can still vote for your favourite piece, first prize in the competition is four thousand euro. Visitors in the park can also read about each piece and have the opportunity to vote for the sculpture that they think is best, right up until October.