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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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This group of statues is located on the north boardwalk side of the River Liffey, a couple of blocks east of O’Connell Street. It is a memorial to the one million people who died of starvation in the Irish Potato famine between 1845 and 1849....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a must see and too stand and remember the Famine is really sad but once again part of history

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank debbie d
Reviewed 4 days ago

I live in Dublin so I had the opportunity to see this sculpture a lot of times but each time it's break my heart thinking about this poor people that died from starvation or forced to immigrate to a foreign country to survive

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dominique y
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful and captivating. Located right on the quays, a must see to anyone to Dublin- represents the turbulent times of Ireland

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank laurenm952018
Reviewed 1 week ago

The famine sculptures are a stunning memorial along the river. Pause and reflect on the history-changing famine - the population decimated, millions of lives changed forever and a massive relocation to the US as people hoped for a better life. Quite touching!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank LightFighter
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Famine Sculptures are a stark reminder to us of the fortunate time we live in and sheer misery of those who had to endure the great famine. The sculptures features several malnourished figures, some clutching equally malnourished babies and children. The sculptures are haunting,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank macedonboy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't just pass by. The Famine Sculptures bare witness of one of the sadest episodes in the Irish history: the great famine (1845-1849). The artist captured the despair in the faces of the sculptures which is very touching.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dieweltzufuss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don’t do art, I’m an emotionally stunted fifty something from Hull so imagine my surprise when I found myself becoming upset after looking at these statues – Rowan Gillespie, take a bow mate. Bodies ragged, emaciated on the verge of collapse, faces hollowed, haunted,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Nick R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can walk by these sculptures on your way to EPIC museum and the Johnson boat. Not much to see other than the art pictured in the photograph but worth a stop and look.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 607shannonb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In this day and age we cannot forget who we (and our many forefathers) were and what we all suffered. Those who went before us and found salvation or not, would be ashamed of some of the ignorance that persists in this day and age....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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