Killorglin, a town on the scenic Ring of Kerry drive, is the location for The Diaspora Lady monument. It is oak wood carving that was carved from a 150 year old oak tree outside what was the location of the old train station.
Emigration would have been a major feature of rural Ireland in times past and train travel to the larger cities for outbound connections would have been a common feature. Killorglin Town was a stop on the old South Kerry railway network and the current FEXCO building stands where the railway station once was. Outside this building, a landmark large oak tree stood. Upon inspection, the oak tree was found to be in need of removal on safety grounds, but rather than remove it completely, the local tidy towns group came up with a plan to commission a monument in situ from it.
Chainsaw sculptor specialist Will Fogarty was engaged, and The Diaspora Lady was created. In a nod to the past, the tidy towns group commissioned the carving to represent a young lady preparing to take her belongings, packed in two suitcases at her feet, and leave Ireland for a new beginning in some far off land.
There are some lovely heritage trail walks locally, including one which leads you to the picturesque old metal arch span railway bridge which offers some great views.