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The Famine Sculptures

Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 KX44, Ireland
353-1-605-7700
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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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Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 KX44, Ireland
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We gazed upon these statues after we visited the EPIC museum. These statues are facing the docks of Dublin as if about to embark a ship bound for America or Australia. A reminder of the tragedy of the Great Famine.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It's sad to see but it's also a good reminder of the history of Ireland. These sculptures are not too far from Dublin Custom house.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

They make you feel depressed, but also realize how much those people might have been suffering. I cannot be missed.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The ultimate human horror - death by starvation is impossible to present by art. Those sculptures did come close, as close as you walk through them.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was drawn to this monument by the guidebook I was using and was thankful to have seen it. The pathos of so much Irish experience is well expressed in these figures.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

A silent reminder of a reality that underlies so the life history of so many Irish. The sculptures are just there, part of the landscape, not just of the past.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across The Famine Memorial while strolling around the Custom House Quay area. They comprise an excellent body of work by Rowan Gillespie who is a renowned Dublin sculptor. Very moving indeed.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A memory place of what happened here years ago. It is heartbreaking and when you visit the Connor Pass and discover the different area's stories about Ireland, it is a good sculpture to share the story of the Irish people.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful sculptures, that are almost hard to look at becasue they are reminding you of such a sad period in Irelands history.

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A stark reminder of Irish history. A moving reminder of what horrific torture people had to go through during the famine. The pain and suffering of those poor people is shown well on the statues. It’s worth going to EPIC to get a deeper understanding...More

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