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The Famine Sculptures

Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 KX44, Ireland
353-1-605-7700
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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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This is a must - walk over the bride and go to the north side of town- The profound despair the sculptures exude is amazing. What a piece of work- Read about the despair the whole of Ireland sufferd at the hands of the potato...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Situated on the left bank of river. On the memory of huge famine in 19th century (1845 - 1850). More than 1 milion people died and next 1 milion people emigrated. Very interesting place for visit.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I found these very interesting to look at. There is a small amount of history written about them near where they stand.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

These are new since our last visit and fascinating to view as you use the new(wish) boardwalk erected by the side of the River Liffy.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Haunting set of statues, depicting the famine, the sculpture truely captured the pain and suffering. Free to view

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Reviewed 3 days ago

These free statues are right along the waterfront...its worth at least a quick stop, its very moving to see these eerie statues obviously skinny from hunger and in rags and provides a little history into the Irish potato famine.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

These are a sombre and well executed memorial to the victims of the famine. I do not think I would suggest making a specific visit to it, but as it is centrally located along the quays, it would be easy to incorporate it into a...More

Thank Sharon H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

These Sculptures of the Famine are so detail oriented they allow you to see into the troubles and understand a bit just from viewing them.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Somber history reminder to those caught up in the famines of Ireland - my ancestors included. Don’t go to Dublin without viewing

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These sculptures are along the waterfront in Dublin. They are pretty creepy looking, a gruesome reminder of a time of suffering.

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