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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

Suffering is not something we like to see, especially when traveling abroad. But the famine was so important in Irish history and teaches us so much about people's history of survival and governments' ability to ignore suffering that one accepts the need to look at...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The Famine Sculpture is close to Dublin City centre & worth a visit for tourists & locals alike. The famine which resulted from the potato crop failure over a number of years. In that era many Irish people ( two fifths it is said )...More

Thank RealRocker
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very nice depiction about what happened to the Irish people during the Great Famine period in the 1800's. So many people died and many others left the country. You hear so much about what happened but, until you see this tribute in...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 4 days ago

Walking towards the Jeannie Johnson famine ship we came across these Rowan Gillespie sculptures. From a distance they projected a dreary countenance. As we slowly approached these figures from behind it felt like we too were joining the trudge towards the famine ships. The closer...More

Thank Pn4343
Reviewed 4 days ago

These sculptures will melt even the hardest heart. What sad and desperate people these statues portray.

Thank sparky221
Reviewed 4 days ago

The sculptor very eloquently captures the desperation of those living through the Irish famine. It brought me almost to tears.

Thank MatriarchInTraining
Reviewed 5 days ago

This sculpture is modest in the same way as the Mermaid in Copenhagen is. Dubliners to not come to visit the sculpture- they know about the famine in the back of their brains- and would prefer to go for a meal than look at the...More

Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 6 days ago

We happened upon this sculpture area by accident while walking around Dublin and we're so glad we did. Being 100% Irish I was struck by the way the artist captured the realism in the figures. It's a must for everyone to see.

Thank Beverly M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a hearbreaking but very good sculpture. It reflects the experience of far too many Irish people over the centuries. Too few people are aware of another famine in 1740 - 1741 when 38% of the population of Ireland died.

Thank MamoMusiwu
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These statutes make a very stark contrast to the privilege and safety of modern living. 1845 a fungus thought to have stowed away on a ship from America started infecting winter stores of potatoes which due to the harsh climate of our little island was...More

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