We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1, Hawthorn Terrace | Custom House Quarter, Dublin, Ireland
Phone Number:
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

'Famine' (1997) was commissioned by Norma Smurfit and presented to the City...

'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. Captain William Scott, a native of the Shetland Isles, was a veteran of the Atlantic crossing, gave up his office job in New Brunswick to take the 'Perserverance' out of Dublin. He was 74 years old. The Steerage fare on the ship was £3 and 210 passengers made the historical journey. They landed in New York on the 18th May 1846. All passengers and crew survived the journey.

In June 2007, a second series of famine sculptures by Rowan Gillespie, was unveiled by President Mary McAleese on the quayside in Toronto's Ireland Park to remember the arrival of these refugees in Canada.

The World Poverty Stone

The World Poverty Stone is a commemorative stone marking the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of World Poverty. It is sited to the east of the Famine Sculptures on Custom House Quay in the heart of Dublin's Docklands.

This limestone memorial was commissioned as a gesture of solidarity with people living in poverty around the world. On the 17th of October 1987, in response to the call of Joseph Wresinski - founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World - 100,000 defenders of human rights gathered in Paris to honour the victims of hunger, violence and ignorance, to express their refusal of extreme poverty and to call on people from all walks of life to unite to ensure respect for human rights. A commemorative stone proclaiming this message was inaugurated on this occasion on the Plaza of Human Rights and Liberties - where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948.

Since then, on the 17th of October each year, people from all walks of life, gather throughout the world to express their solidarity and commitment to ensure that everyone's dignity and freedom are respected. On 22nd of December 1992, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 17th October the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. There are now over 30 replicas of the original stone now located around the world. These sites have become places of honour for people living in poverty in the world, places where people gather to reject the inevitability of poverty and social exclusion and places of friendship and solidarity where people from all backgrounds can gather together. Around the world, annual commemoration take place at the site of the stones to mark the 17th October UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The artist - Stuart McGrath, based in Co. Wicklow, is a master craftsman; his training is in sculpture, architectural and classical stone carving. All of his stonecutting is done by hand using traditional methods.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 15.43*
and up
Dublin Liffey River Cruise
More Info
USD 11.43*
and up
Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum Tour in Dublin
More Info
USD 68.56*
and up
Shore Excursion: Galway Guided Bicycle Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,659 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 832
  • 349
    Very good
  • 65
  • 16
  • 5

I visited the Famine Memorial which is located along the Quays in Dublin. The Famine Memorial remembers "the victims of the Great Famine and their descendants who have done so... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Add Photo Write a Review

1,659 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,267: English reviews
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

A few statues but not much else. A photo opportunity - but no cultural or historical context about the Great Famine, the causes, the consequences, the numbers who died and emigrated - and the scale of human suffering in this great tragedy.

Thank John M
Level Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited the Famine Memorial which is located along the Quays in Dublin. The Famine Memorial remembers "the victims of the Great Famine and their descendants who have done so much to build Canada" Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada. The Famine Memorial is made up of haunting sculptures which will no doubt touch the visitors' hearts.

Thank porterIreland
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
291 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This whole area by the Liffey is worth exploring. The sculptures are harrowing when one considers the poverty and dire circumstances of the famine.

Thank Terence B
Level Contributor
23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This sculpture is very lifelike and moving. A tribute to the potato famine that struck Ireland for three years plunging families into starvation. It is very lifelike and if you know the history behind it and how so many went to prison for begging and stealing food it's all that more poignant.

Thank Michele O
Courtice, Canada
Level Contributor
39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

These haunting sculptures are located along the eastern quays from which many of the starving Irish boarded coffin ships to take them to refuges in North America and Australia. They clearly capture the desperation, suffering and despair of the millions of starving Irish. They appear to be created by the same sculptor whose work is displayed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada... More 

Thank Teresa742
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If your coming to Dublin to explore your heritage it is a must that you come an pay your respects to the monument of the lost.

Thank ChrysB1984
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

One million dead. One million emigrants. That was the outcome of the Famine (1845-47) or the Great Hunger as it's also called. That event left a huge scar in the Irish psyche that is still there. It's not a normal topic of conversation but if you do ask anyone about it, it can be quite emotional. That's why this sculpture... More 

Thank Ireland1956
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Level Contributor
67 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a memorial to the people that suffered during Ireland's potato famine! Very poignant and sad but truly needs to be seen so all of this tragedy is never forgotten!

Thank Sandra T
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Level Contributor
144 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Important piece of history that is depicted through sculpture. Despite being knowledgeable about the famine it would have been nice to have a stand with literature.

Thank waltra
Aiken, South Carolina
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very intriguing and worth seeing. The waterfront area that is close by is very nice. Worth the walk to visit.

Thank Luvtotravel202

Travellers who viewed The Famine Sculpture also viewed


Been to The Famine Sculpture? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Famine Sculpture staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?