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The Famine Sculpture
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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Tour
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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, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Such a beautiful piece of art, along the quay, presenting us the worst part of the history of a nation that shouldn't be forgotten.

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Reviewed December 3, 2013

This sculpture is along the quay close to the Jeanie Johnston Famine tall ship and add to the morbid history which is that of the potato famine. The haunting figures are well positioned and seem an apt dedication to a sad time in Ireland's history.

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

hadn't heard of these until i wandered upon them. so eerie and thought provoking. brilliant work of art.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I admit to my ignorance of the full impact of The Famine. The memorial is beautifully sculpted, and the faces on the figures reflect the agony they must have gone through. A must-see.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Lining the walkway along the river in Dublin, the sculpture is a commemorative work dedicated to those Irish people forced to emigrate during the 19th century Irish Famine. This location is a particularly appropriate and historic one, 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.

During the famine approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%. Very solemn reminder to appreciate what you have today.

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