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“Highlight sculptures of the Irish Potato famine”

The Famine Sculptures
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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum Tour...
Ranked #39 of 576 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: Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Famine Sculptures are a beautiful, yet haunting depiction of Ireland's past. It depicts the famine following the potato blite and mass exodus from Ireland.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really striking and moving thing to see. The sculptures are beautiful and the way it is set up really speaks to the importance of the sculptures. And people still leave flowers on the statues till this day.

Thank Olivia M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a fan of modern sculpture but this was a moving scene. The few things people were being directed to a ship to take them to a place....somewhere, anywhere. Expressive.

Thank Robert L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We viewed the EPIC museum which was excellent and carefully walked across and down the street to see the sculptures. Reminder of the famine and subsequent emigration for better life.

Thank Patricia D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Standing between the main road and the River Liffe these statues have been beautifully crafted to bring home the horror of the famine. Stop a moment to contemplate.

Thank Colin F
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