The Famine Sculptures, Dublin

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Visit The Famine Sculptures, a haunting memorial to the Great Irish Famine of the mid-19th century. This sculpture was given to the City of Dublin in 1997 and is currently on display in the Dublin Docklands. Take in the detailed work of Dublin-based sculptor Rowan Gillespie. These human and animal figures represent those affected by the famine, which lasted from 1845 to 1849. The famine, caused by an infamous potato disease, killed many and forced others to emigrate from Ireland. This historical catastrophe is still highly debated for its political, economic, and social implications. Put The Famine Sculptures on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dublin journey planning tool.
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  • - Great Artist Depiction of People during the Famine. - Sad but Historic and a reminder of Irish Resiliency. - FREE, picture taking are a must.  more »
  • 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.....  more »
  • A brilliant memorial with a nice bit of information on the boards and plaques around it. It definitely made me stop and read the boards to find out more.
  • Its a small, moody sculpture, but beautiful in its detail, its like Irelands holocaust museam. A place to quietly remember the past and dream of the future.
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