The Famine Sculptures

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The Famine Sculptures
4.5
00:00 - 23:59
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Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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About
'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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  • George's Dock • 3 min walk
  • Busáras • 4 min walk
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Leslie W
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Emotion filled
Sep 2021
This is between EPIC and the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship. It’s a grouping of statues, illustrating the condition of the people who emigrated in and around 1845 due to the famine. The figures are weirdly elongated, making them look even thinner. Very evocative.
Written 8 November 2021
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Jan D
Holland, MI17 contributions
Interesting walk-by
Oct 2021
We came upon these while walking the river. Definitely worth a few moments to appreciate and absorb the look of history and the story each face tells. It was definitely an added bonus to the river stroll.
Written 1 November 2021
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IDoLoveFood
Belgium606 contributions
Takes you to the period of famine.
Oct 2021
Viewing these sculptures gives you an idea why the Irish were so keen te emigrate. It looks as if the depicted persons are on a quest for food, trying to escape the misery. The material used for the sculptures is perfectly fit to the subject. It also withstands the harsh conditons on the walking path along the canal (North bank).
Written 22 October 2021
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Niveabona
Bar Harbor, ME92 contributions
Sad
Oct 2021
The sculptures bring all the sadness you can feel with the desperation of hunger. It has even a dog with the group of people starving. Take a moment to think about our privileges nowaday.
Written 21 October 2021
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MMKSt_Augustine_FL
St. Augustine, FL72 contributions
Just Wow
Sep 2021
Saw these sculptures from our hop-on hop-off bus. Very poignant and moving. A very sad time for Ireland and it was the time when our family left for America.
Written 9 October 2021
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S0par
Dungannon, UK215 contributions
sobering reminder
Sep 2021
right outside our hotel these haunting statues are a poignant reminder of the horrors of the Famine - which still lives large in irish folk memory
Written 5 September 2021
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Kalkan White
Kalkan, Turkey6,828 contributions
Moving statues!
Aug 2021
These are really stunning statues depicting the terrible famines of Ireland’s history. Hard to believe when food is so plentiful know, that this actually happened.
The statues are like ghosts with harrowing faces.
Written 10 August 2021
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Roderick
Dublin, Ireland16 contributions
Sad but Historic
Dec 2019
- Great Artist Depiction of People during the Famine.
- Sad but Historic and a reminder of Irish Resiliency.
- FREE, picture taking are a must.
Written 22 October 2020
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Louisa V
Dublin, Ireland71 contributions
Felt the sorrow in your heart
Aug 2020 • Couples
I stood amongst these gaunt figures and looked up into their faces, you cannot but help feel the sorrow for the Irish people during the difficult famine. I placed my hand on the heart of one of the male statues and just had to say sorry for the hurt and pain they must of endured. I made sure that evening to educate myself on the history of the famine to get a better understanding of what happended. I defy anyone to feel moved when they come upon this monument.
Written 6 September 2020
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starskys77
Dublin, Ireland34 contributions
The Ghosts among us
Jul 2020
A poignant reminder of Irelands famine past.
The expressions on the faces speak out the viewer that this is an exodus made not by choice but rather as a matter of survival. The very quayside that they march upon was the loading point for all ships off to the various ''new worlds,'' they sought refuge in. Indeed the very same ships intended to take them to saftey would be also known as ''Coffin ships,'' due to the high death rate amongst the passengers due to hunger and disease. A good example of one of these ships, the Jeanie Johnston, is a 3 minute walk eastwards, just down from the memoria. It's as if the spirits of the dead are forever caught in time, walking towards that boat symbolising a last glimmer of hope.
Irregardless of the cirriculum being taught in schools. Every schoolgoer should be brought here to witness these.
Written 4 August 2020
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