Doo Lough - the "lake of dark waters" - is already part of County Mayo. It is bounded by Sheeffry Hills to the east and by Mweelrea to the west. Although technically located just beyond Connemara boundaries (which are approximate and indefinite) this wild place has an incredible and quite a primordial appearance. The area is uninhabited (apart from the inevitable blackfaces), and at a first glance, you can believe to be in the Valley of Creation, where all things were born in the mists of time and the earth had not yet been trodden by human foot.

The flaws of man are however tragically highlighted by the Great Famine Memorial Cross, located along the lakeside road to Louisburgh. The great and eroded stone-made Celtic Cross recalls the tragic death by starvation of 400 out of 600 local inhabitants who in March of 1849 undertook a useless march to Delphi Lodge, asking for food and assistance to English Regents. The corpses scattered along the banks were so numerous that the British unceremoniously buried them in common graves, and many dead were thrown into the deep waters of the lake.
In 1994 Action From Ireland, an association promoting human rights, peace, justice in the world, erected the monument to commemorate this tragic event: each year since then, Afri has organized a Famine Walk, retracing that tragic journey of horror. At the base of the Cross, a plaque reports a sentence of Mahatma Gandhi " How can men feel honored by the humiliation of their fellow men? " It is absolutely impossible not to feel deeply touched by similar moving words beside this lake which was the tomb for many unfortunate ones.


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