|St Mary's Old church Ardess.|
|The place of the Hanging Tree|
Running right across and dividing the pre-plantation cemetery in two is a huge fourteen foot wide trench grave. Described locally as the Famine Pit the huge long narrow sunken grave of 120 feet had remained in an overgrown, unkempt state serving as a harsh visual reminder of the Great Famine period 1845 - 1850. Ardess Community Association’s immediate objective was to mark the 150th anniversary of 1847 (known as Black 47) by restoring the unmarked famine pit and creating a sensitive memorial commemorating the many forgotten famine victims from North West Fermanagh.
It is a well kept graveyard for the age of it and it's quite eery to look into the famine pit and remember the forgotten victims who mostly came from the Irvinestown and belcoo areas.
A poem I wrote four years ago called Black 47 and is published in my book, Where The Three Rivers meet' http://www.amazon.com/Aine-MacAodha/e/B003MGH3M2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0