Thursday Doors

I’d like to share the doors of Strokestown Park, The Irish National Famine Museum, County Roscommon, West Ireland.

There were castle doors from 1740,


lovely garden gates,


and an intriguing garden door at the end of a gorgeous covered walk.


If touring Ireland, I’d highly recommend this stop.

For instance, did you know that prior to the potato famine from 1845-1860, the average adult person in Ireland ate 7-14 pounds of potatoes every day?

Or that those who fled Ireland for America travelled on what they called a coffin ship that had a 30+% mortality rate before it arrived?

While some who stayed in Ireland and tried to feed their family built stone walls for 1¢ a day which bought one loaf of bread for an entire family to eat?

There are a lot of amazing and humbling facts to learn when you tour Ireland.


“Strokestown Park House is an 18th Century mansion which has been faithfully restored. It is unique in that it retains its original furnishings and professionally guided tours allow visitors to experience Georgian Ireland in its purist form. The beautifully restored six acre Georgian walled garden complex gives a unique insight into horticultural practices and garden architecture from the 1740s to the present day.

The Famine Museum uses a combination of original documents and images from the Strokestown Park collection to explain the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840’s. This collection boasts an extensive range of papers including actual letters written by the tenants on the Strokestown Estate at the time of the famine. ” 

Mr. Soyer’s soup recipe for feeding the Irish poor laborers at the Ariana Mines, County Roscommon.


Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, 10/13/16.

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28 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. These doors are just magnificent and the history is so interesting ( and sad in this case )

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  2. anglogermantranslations says:

    I knew about the potato famine, but had no idea of the enormous quantities of potatoes eaten in Ireland before! The recipe reminds me of Rumford’s soup

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  3. bikerchick57 says:

    I love the shot of the long walkway leading to the blue door through arches of what I guess are ivy. It had to be horrible for the Irish people to endure such a famine, losing families to starvation or working hard labor for a loaf of bread. It makes me feel blessed to realize that I never wanted for food. Nice doors and post, Judy.

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  4. cikitaokt says:

    It’s really awesome!


  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    I love the columns in that first shot.
    This post should remind us all of just how lucky we are today.
    As much as I love my french fries I don’t think I’d eat that many potatoes in a month let alone every day.

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  6. taphian says:

    wonderful gallery, exactly my taste

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  7. Annie says:

    Just a tragic time in history and how meaningful it must have been for you to tour this museum. Will you be posting more of the six acres of gardens?

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  8. This is sooooooo what I l love about travel! I can learn so much!

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  9. BeckyB says:

    I wonder if they have always been that gorgeous colour?

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  10. joey says:

    That’s gorgeous, so rustic, and the greenery really accentuates that comfortable feeling. Amazing gates, too. You did a good job at getting different perspectives 🙂

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  11. Dan Antion says:

    Very sad history, but so good that it’s been preserved, and behind such beautiful doors. I love the blue doors today, especially the second set of arched double doors. Great post, Judy!

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  12. Lovely photos, Judy. I know of the place but haven’t had a chance to visit yet. When we move further north next year, I have a long bucket list to get through and this is definitely on it.

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  13. Dawn says:

    What a beautiful place with such a powerful story, Judy! The castle doors are just amazing, and the garden door at the end of the covered walk calls to my heart. I’m making note of all of the fascinating places you discovered on this trip! ♡

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  14. Joyce says:

    Such hard times endured by those people. And the ones who did survive the “coffin ships” weren’t treated very well here when they arrived.
    That endless green and the stone walls and sheep grazing on lush pastures in your photos is exactly what I expect Ireland to look like! Your last photo looks like a fairy doorway and the long path under green arches is enchanted! I like those interesting Ionic columns in your first picture, too. I’ve never seen the twisty effect applied!

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    • This was a very interesting stop on the tour because there was this historic castle, walled garden, and a famine museum. Your emotions wavered as you went from one area to another. Ireland and the US will be forever connected, and visitors are very welcome. The US has its own Customs personnel as you go through screening at the airport. 🙂


  15. germac4 says:

    I’m sorry we missed this museum, Irish history is so terribly sad, it is a wonder anyone survived.

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  16. Oddment says:

    Starvation is something we cannot imagine, I think. We hear about famine now without any real understanding. And, yes, thanks be for our blessings. There is eloquence to me in the way the ivy has grown over the place, protecting and preserving the stories. Very touching photos. Thank you!

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  17. What a great series of photo’s and the wonderful telling of the history. I will have to put Ireland on my list of places to visit! Love the door with the “chevron” shaped design running thru it.

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  18. KerryCan says:

    What a beautiful setting to tell heartbreaking story! I love the blue color of so many of those doors!

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  19. Love the blue doors, and gate, and the top door with those columns. Great history too!

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  20. Grandma Kc says:

    Those doors are beautiful and so different from anything we see here. Really loved your history lesson, too! Can’t imagine eating that many potatoes!

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  21. Nadezda says:

    Judy, love your shot #4, seems it says: go ahead! I’ve never known all these facts about Ireland, it was new knowledge to me.

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  22. reocochran says:

    This sounds like it was a sad place but the doors and buildings seem very cheerful with the aqua doors and green foliage in many of the photos. Beautiful to show us and lovely to look at, Judy. 🙂

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    • It certainly was sad and humbling to hear about what they went through during those years of famine. Strong people who kept trying to feed their families any way they could. Food is such a basic need, but these days we all take it for granted.


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