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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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Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 KX44, Ireland
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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.

Thank Judith Q
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The statues are hauntingly beautiful and worth the detour. I suggest maybe sticking to the route along the waterfront to get there. We cut through from a few blocks north and it was sketchy and stank.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved these sculptures, they have a real meaning and are placed in a way that makes you take your time to look at each individual figure.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If your in the area its a nice place to stop and take some pictures. Some intersting history for Ireland. Not mu h to see and I wouldnt go out of my way to see it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We learned a lot about the famine on our trip to Dublin and the sculpture was indeed moving. The tour on the tall ship Jeanie Johnston was very educational in this respect

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The stories you read and see about the Famine are different from what the locals will tell you. This was very captivating hearing what the truth may have been.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sculptures along the river representing the famine was very moving. Just a quick see but worth it. Obviously free.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the descendent of Irish Immigrants, these sculptures offer stark images of the devastation of the famine for those who struggled to survive.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Man made famine- the Irish famine is also known as potatoe famine- took place in IRELAND during the British rule there. Great Irish Famine (1845-1849) killed 1 million people and sent another million to America. The ship which carried 16 journeys to America is also...More

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