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“AMAZING SCULPTURE, MUST SEE”

The Famine Sculpture
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Combination Ticket: EPIC and Irish Family History Centre Tour
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$16.77*
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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Tour
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Dublin Liffey River Cruise
Ranked #23 of 547 things to do in Dublin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: '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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This sculpture is so realistic it would move you to tears. If you catch sight of it from the opposite side of the road, it looks eerily like the people are actually walking along. Close inspection really shows the amazing detail and work that has gone into it.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This sculpture is on the river in town center. Take a moment and let the message sink in. It is very moving and worth visiting. Right near is one of the old ships that took famine escapees to the new world.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

What can make all the senses tingling like this? If you don't go away from seeing this sculpture and wonder why or how, then you need to take a deep breath and think about just the shoes on your feet!

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Even if you have no knowledge of the potato famine, this sculpture will knock your socks off. Situated near the famine ship on the banks of the Liffey, the suffering etched on the faces of the statues will stay with me for a very long time.

1  Thank kazzyb007
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Very thought provoking a wonderful sculpture. Don't forget to look for other sculptures nearby on both sides of the Liffey

2  Thank Carol157
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