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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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  • "Famine' is a very well executed public sculpture, the bronze figures capture the emotion and the pain. Striking and haunting, quite special.  more »
  • Along the quay of the Liffey River is a monument to the famine in Ireland. It's a pretty simple, impressive group of pictures.
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  • A life-sized art work that puts you in the face of the Great Famine. On the ground, a few marble plaques of generous donors to the known names (from Pierce Brosnan to Michael Higgins Gerry Adams or Martin McGuinness). This statue is not far from the Customs House, monumental building which is also worth a look.
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  • The details on these sculptures are haunting. Very informative plaques surrounding.
  • Excellent sculpture commemorating the Great Irish Famine. Though as historians will point out, it wasn't a famine - Ireland was exporting grain throughout.
  • Really intense sculptures. The expression on the face of the statues is pretty realistic.
  • Memorial for Irish immigrants. Beautiful sculptures. Faces look like real!
  • It is worth a vist as you will be seeing the sculptures which represent a difficult period of Irland history and there are two beautiful bridges near it

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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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