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The Famine Sculpture

1, Hawthorn Terrace, Dublin, Ireland
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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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1, Hawthorn Terrace, Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

The schulpture is located in a walking distance from the O'Connell street by the Liffey River. If walking around the area it is worth a stop. Really well done and kind of scary characters which remind about the suffereings of famine really well.

Thank EricaK2013
Reviewed yesterday

Reading the names of the famous people who are sponsoring the homeless alongside these haunting sculptures really brings it home how terrible this famine was and how lucky we are today.

Thank Sarah Y
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful sculpture commemorating the great hunger and all who died or emigrated because of it. It is located by the River just outside the emigration museum.

Thank Ewelina-EW
Reviewed 3 days ago

Located along the River Liffey and adjacent to the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship; these sculptures are best viewed when there's "quiet in the air". During the later part of the afternoon the sculpture's features take on a deeper sense of horror, epic pain than when...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

You'll find this poignant group of sculptures on the Liffey quayside (north bank) just down by EPIC past the Sean O'Casey Bridge. A scrawny dog and 5 ragged, spindly figures have been conceived to evoke this completely avoidable tragedy and through its location link it...More

Thank lonewolf44
Reviewed 5 days ago

Absolutely excellent depiction of a very sad and harrowing part of Irish history. The figures sent shivers down my spine .

Thank John C
Reviewed 5 days ago

The characters are shown as they woukd look. People have said its too harrowing...I thought honest was a better word.

Thank sumort
Reviewed 6 days ago

We came across this moving sculpture as we were walking to the EPIC museum. It is located near to where many Irish people would have left on their journeys to other countries during the famine. The details in the pieces is astounding, and makes for...More

Thank sueguinane
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great sculptures to see a photo graph.If you travel on the hop on and off bus you will learn the history behind this

Thank Ian T
Reviewed 1 week ago

A moving experience that is worth the time. While in the area you may also see the Jennie Johnson and the new museum on the Irish immigration experience.

Thank Michele R
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