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Images of the Famine from Moveen were depicted and the ruins of the village are visible today.
Other strong attributes from the area include the association with Captain Kennedy, Vandeleur Estate, the Famine plot and memorial garden at Old Shanakyle cemetery and the Paupers’ Quay, among many other sites and stories.
During and after the Famine, the Vandeleur name became synonymous with the worst of landlord evictions, with more than 20,000 evicted in the Kilrush area.
Illustrations from Kilrush at the time of the Famine featured in the Illustrated London News and these illustrations are the best-recognised images of the Famine conditions in Ireland.
Records from 1849 tell the tale of those harrowing events,” he added.
In August 2012, Clare County Council placed advertisements in the local media inviting local and community organisations, historical societies, local Famine commemoration committees, schools and other interested parties to propose a location in County Clare to host the event in 2013.
Kilrush was subsequently put forward as a proposed host location.
The main commemoration event is held in a different place each year, rotating among the four provinces of Ireland.
The 2012 National Famine Commemoration took place in Drogheda, County Louth.
Kilrush is recognised nationally as one of the locations worst affected by starvation, disease and emigration between 18. Evictions, fever and cholera reduced the population of South-West Clare to such an extent that it has never again attained its pre-Famine numbers.