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The Famine Sculpture
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Combination Ticket: EPIC and Irish Family History Centre Tour
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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Tour
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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum Tour in Dublin
Ranked #23 of 546 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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 20, 2013

It is strange to be face to face with this "expanded" sculpture.
You can walk in it, and look into the eyes of the characters.
Very interesting!

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Very moving sculptures of the terrible tragedy of the famine that decimated the poor of Ireland....as they search for a place of sanctuary, rest, and food

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Very moving. Depicts what really happened to thousands of people. Great work of art and historical. Beautiful setting along the river. One sculpture represents the artist's sister who died of anorexia.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

I don't feel comfortable near this sculpture so I'm actually trying to avoid it.

You should know a little bit of history to understand it.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

wow! what can I say, the sculptures look like they are walking up the Liffey to the Jeanie Johnston. they are very well made and some how make it feel that the famine had actually happened and not something that I have heard about.

worth a visit, and take a camera

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