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“Outdoor Memorial on Custom House Quay” 3 of 5 stars
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The Famine Sculpture
Custom House Quay, Dublin, Ireland
353-1-605-7700
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Ranked #19 of 218 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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“Outdoor Memorial on Custom House Quay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This sculpture was commissioned by the Smurfits, and is in place since 1997. It's dedicated to those who had to emigrate during the Famine, in the 19th century. Many Irish people would have left Ireland from this very spot, and one of the first voyages of the famine, would have been on the "Perserverance", which sailed on St. Patricks Day 1846. In 2007, a second series of Famine Sculptures was unveiled in Toronto, to remember the arrival of those refugees in Canada.

Visited July 2013
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“Visual expressions of Ireland's Great Famine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Throughout the city of Dublin, tourists would stumble upon famine sculptures here and there to remind people the Irish's tragedy of Great Famine which caused approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland. The Ireland's Great Famine a.k.a. Potato Famine is a human starvation and death in Irish history between 1845-1852 There are two locations of famine sculptures I have seen. One small set of famine sculptures is located inside of St. Stephen's Green, and another set is located at Custom House Quay. The bronze sculptures were designed and crafted by Dublin sculptor Rowan Gillespie. The skeleton-look-alike human figures are to remind people the potato famine tragedy that brought upon Irish folks who had suffered 7 years of starvations and struggles to survive. Rowan Gillespie's hands explicitly sculpted the emotional and physical sufferings in visual formations. Their bony figures caused by the starvations and facial expressions of pains and sufferings enough to give you bone chilled goose bumps while looking at them. This is a memorial place dedicated to the Irish who have suffered the famine and forced to emigrate during the Great Famine. This was also a place of one of first famine voyages Perseverance sailed away from here by 74 years old maritime veteran Captain William Scott from New Brunswick. He transported 210 Irish for a cost of £3. They left on St.Patrick's Day in 1846 and 2 months later safely arrived in New York city.

Visited May 2013
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“Famine Sculpture and the Jennie Johnston Tall Ship”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This sculpture is right close to the Jennie Johnston Tall Ship which tells more about the famine in Ireland and how it was for the people. The potato famine changed life for the whole of Ireland a growing population suddenly plummeted with those who could emigrating and others dying young and hungry.

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“Haunting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We felt we had to take the walk and see this sculpture. It depicts such an important part of Irish history. It is quite haunting and really hammers home the misery and oppression the people of Ireland endured. Don't just tour / Drive by. Walk up and really take the time to look at it.

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“Wander by this....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

It's moving and painful. Especially when you've understood the history behind it. These lone figures represent millions, and touch your heart.

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