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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  • 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 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...  more »

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