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Location / Nearby 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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Leslie W
⏳ 12-2021
4.1

Emotion filled

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.
Jan D
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

Interesting walk-by

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.
MMKSt_Augustine_FL
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Just Wow

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.
S0par
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

sobering reminder

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
Kalkan White
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

Moving statues!

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.
Louisa V
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Felt the sorrow in your heart

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.
starskys77
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

The Ghosts among us

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.

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