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The Famine Sculptures

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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...more
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Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 KX44, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We wandered towards Customs House along the River Liffey and came across the Famine Statues which stopped us in our tracks and we spent time there pondering the Famine and these statues. Take a walk you will find them moving - heart wise.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

You can feel the suffering by looking at those sculptures. Memorial for a sad period of time. The location compensates its pain a bit.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a walk to see this very moving and oddly beautiful sculpture, which is not far from the Emigration museum.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank nandc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not just the famine statues, but if you amble down the Liffey through many of the quays there is a great many public art installations. This one, across from the Immigrant Museum is partcularly striking. Take a long stroll down from O'Connell Street to the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

These sculptures are very thought provoking and bring a feeling of their pain. The dog is especially arresting - but the expressions on the peoples faces are riveting. A must see.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Linda M
Reviewed 1 week ago

As an art teacher saw these from our bus which fellow poignantly pointed out to us. VERY emotional and humbling to view. Intense detail could be seen even from the bus window.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked passed this in the dark, quite eerie, but fasinating. This is only a finteen minute walk from the Ha'Penny bridge

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I learned about these from a tourist map, and never expected the real thing to be as moving, thought provoking and haunting as they are when you see them. I went twice, the first time at mid day with plenty of people around, and again...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At first, all you see is statues at a distance, then you realise they are standing on plaques with (very long) lists of names..... Extremely moving, and made me want to find out more.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reminds you of the sad history of the Irish potato famine but also of the unjust distribution of food around the world today.

Date of experience: March 2019
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