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The Famine Sculpture, Dublin

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Visit The Famine Sculpture, 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. Plan your The Famine Sculpture visit and explore what else you can see and do in Dublin using our Dublin trip itinerary builder.
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  • One of the most interesting "sightseeings" in Dublin. The Famine Sculpture captures the pain and the distress of hungry people and animals in one of the most dark moments in Irish history  more »
  • These pieces of sculpture are a little wallk away from the centre of town but it's a nice walk along the river and no more than 10 or so minutes. These are beautifully haunting and a great reminder of...  more »
  • So beautifully done, it brings tears to your eyes - it evokes a terrible episode in Irish history with great sensitivity and pathos. Well worth a look.  more »
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  • The artist deserves a lot of credit here. Conveys the emotions of the time through the facial and body language of the sculptures really well. Rain drops were forming on the tip of one man's nose and that really gave it another level. Braving the weather.
  • These really are striking and quite moving sculptures. The pain and poverty they represent is plain to see. Worth spending a couple of minutes to reflect on how lucky you are.
  • This art work is celebrating 20 years since published.
  • A poignant artwork conveying the immense tragedy of the time
  • Very good job. Reminding a very sad part of history.