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The Famine Sculpture

1, Hawthorn Terrace, Dublin, Ireland
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'Famine' (1997) was commissioned by Norma Smurfit and presented to the City of Dublin in 1997. The sculpture is a commemorative work dedicated to those Irish people forced to emigrate during the 19th century Irish Famine. The bronze sculptures were designed and crafted by Dublin sculptor Rowan Gillespie and are located on Custom House Quay in Dublin's Docklands. This location is a particularly appropriate and historic as one of the first voyages of the Famine period was on the 'Perserverance' which sailed from Custom House Quay on St. Patrick's Day 1846. The area is also home to two other attractions that chronicle this chapter in Irish history. The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Famine Story is a replica famine-era ship and offers tours of the conditions famine migrants would have endured. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a fully digital museum that tells the amazing story and history of Irish emigration, including that of the Great Famine period.
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1, Hawthorn Terrace, Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

I heard about this from the Discover Dublin boat cruise. It was worth the walk to get there. The figures are haunting in their expression of the abject lack that was going on. This is not for the faint of heart. A truly exquisite set...More

Thank Linda F
Reviewed 4 days ago

These true to life sculptured people and animals really make you stop and think. An almost haunting sculpture speaking to you - just pause and take the time to listen. They have quite a story to tell I'm sure.

Thank Trainee80
Reviewed 4 days ago

This sculpture surprised me, it serves well as a reminder of the great famine. The sculpture shows different kinds of people making their way down towards where the old 'coffin ships' would be on the river Liffey, the characters look weak and with art open...More

Thank Martz4040
Reviewed 1 week ago

While strolling along the river Liffey, be sure to walk by this sculpture. It's a haunting view of what it was like during the potato famine.

Thank Jean F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The sculpture would only make sense if you have read or have been told of the history. The Great Famine where 1 million of the population perished due to starvation and diseases. Another nearly 1 million emigrated. The sculpture serves as a remembrance of this...More

Thank DoubleShot_NZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

A sobering reminder of this devastating time in Ireland's history where a million people died and another million left the country. Ireland isn't just about the beer and four-leaf clovers...

Thank Corrina A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thin statues sum it up, people died on their feet worked to death by the british crown while food was forcibly exported from Ireland - it was a time of genocide and the UK did it to Wales and scotland but nothing like what they...More

Thank 805Jerry
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a sad part of Ireland's history - millions of people starving to death while Ireland was exporting food at the command of the UK government! Sculptures are well done, however, I found it odd that they were much taller than the average person -...More

Thank Lawonridge
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found this sculpture very moving and an impressive reminder of a very difficult and important historical period in Ireland. It is easy to access when taking a walk by the river, in direction Samuel Beckett bridge and emigration museum.

Thank Unelma333
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We viewed this from our hop-on/hop-off bus, but it's such a moving memorial. Ireland is very sensitive to this part of their history and how it depleted their population. It's located alongside the river.

Thank ZJC10
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