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 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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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,588 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The Irish Famine was devastating and these statues convey that emotion. This installation along the river is a poignant reminder of the struggles to find food and simply survive in the famine. The haunted looks and gaunt souls captures the mood well.
Written 19 October 2022
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_J_o_y_K_911_
London, UK93 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Piece of art revealing a bit of Irish history. The sculptures are captivating masterpieces. The face expressions so detailed you can feel the emotions of peoples. Looking at them gave me chills. Photos are not showing the full glory, definitely worth seeing especially its by the high street with a free 24/7 access.
Written 15 September 2022
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Traveller162014
Leeds, UK765 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
My brother and I walked the short walk along the river from the city centre. This was the highlight of my brother's trip to Dublin, this having been on the top of his list of things to do and see. The sculptures are quite moving and it was interesting to learn a little about the history behind them.
Written 15 August 2022
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Paula T
Chelsea, Canada46 contributions
Jul 2022
Well-situated on the side of the river before EPIC and the Jeanie Johnston, so that you can appreciate the extent of the famine in the area where you learn about the emigration. Otherwise not worth an explicit visit to see this installation unless you are a sculpture fan or know the artist.
Written 3 August 2022
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Bernie O
Brigantine, NJ195 contributions
Jul 2022
Although it is a little out of the way, we were very happy that we made our way to the Famine Sculptures. It was a very moving experience
Written 1 August 2022
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playmisty4me813
Bowie, MD34 contributions
Jul 2022
We passed this sculpture on the way to Jeanie Johnston famine ship tour. It is so moving, we stopped to read the information posted and take photos.
Written 14 July 2022
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larryjman
Montreal, Canada242 contributions
Jul 2022
I would recommend visiting this art installation AFTER the EPIC museum to give you a full scope and understanding of the circumstances that led to this mass exodus.

The power of this piece comes from its ability to communicate exactly what is happening in the scene without the viewer needing any prior knowledge on the situation. These figures are clearly starving, clearly on the brink of death, and what is most clear is their unedited suffering. Their placement on the sidewalk - within full-view and interacting with the passersby - lends strength to the idea that these people could have been us. Or, in many ways, they still are us. After all in many cases they are our ancestors and our family members.

It is impossible to ignore this installation as you are walking by. You are forced to interact, if even to avoid running into them, and this strategy explicitly pushes you to consider them, whether you want to or not.
Written 11 July 2022
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Jen from Toronto Canada
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Jun 2022
Although I was staying nearby these sculptures and I didn't get the full appreciation of them until I took the Dublin Free Walking Tour -- Northside. Our guide, Sam, took the group to see these sculptures and as we approached from behind, we were asked to reflect on our experience and how the people at this time of Irish history might have been feeling. The sculptures are captivating and say more than words could every say.
Written 18 June 2022
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heather
Grangemouth, UK3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
A decent follow up from the EPIC museum, and nice to see people have been laying flowers by the sculptures as well……………..
Written 7 June 2022
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vpexplores1
Oxford, UK119 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
An evocative sculpture on the banks of the Liffy in front of the EPIC museum. It brings to life the experience of people living ‘off the land’ during the potato famine. Starving people without hope. It is sad to see how many people there are in Dublin still without food and shelter.
Written 7 June 2022
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