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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

Seeing these sculptures makes you wonder how people survived their olden day lives. They are so real looking and well made, even the dogs following these people. Have a look, and some quiet time to remember.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This set of sculptures, set beside the River Liffey, is stark and well-done. It is a touching look at the family devastation of the great famine.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

While walking around Dublin came across these sculptures they were excellent and they felt so real that you could feel there pain. Well worth seeing

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were doing a Celtic Camino walk from Bray when we came upon the famine sculptures. It was really cool when we discovered that Canada had provided them.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a somber sight for a sad period in history. It is located right on the Liffey by the Custom House Quay. The Jeanie Johnston boat is also there. The surprising thing we stumbled on was the plaque in front. Jean Chretien, the Prime...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Knew nothing of these until we were walking back to town from 'EPIC' the immigration Museum. Sad and haunting group of sculptures by the river.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good to see. Our guide told us they were created by a man whose sister died of anorexia, so he knew what starvation looked like.

Thank S B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lifelike, very moving sculptures. Took us a while to find them but I'm glad we did. They make the emigration story come alive.

Thank travelcrazy63
Reviewed 1 week ago

These were haunting images. My people were from County Mayo we 69% of the population either died or emigrated. The statues told such a story. Easy to miss so pay attention

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These sculptures are very well done. It was very sobering to think about the famine and what the Irish went through during that time. They are worth a stop and easily seen along the street.

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