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The Famine Sculptures
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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum Tour...
Ranked #39 of 567 things to do in Dublin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: '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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children
Reviewed 10 July 2013

I found this famine sculpture to be very moving. I think the person who did it is to be congratulated for the work they have done.

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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Very well done sculptures that portray the suffering and tribulations the people suffered during this time. Would recommend viewing early or late to avoid the crowds, it seems more moving when fewer people were around

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

Yes it's a part of our history, and hell yes, many families suffered. However, in this little country of ours we seem to be obsessed with the oppressive and depressive. This is a good sculpture, but I think it would be more suited to Misery Hill.

Thank Karl P
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

After reading about “the famine” you can try to understand these sculptures.
It’s also really good the position where they are installed, on the quay, near the core of the Irish business, and you can see, behind this thin figures, the big building of one of the biggest bank in Ireland.

Thank cccpiero
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

It takes me back when my Ancestors on my mothers side had to leave Ireland during the famine. It makes you sad and proud of them to make the trip. I think it was very well done

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