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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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  • This is basically a drive by or quick stop. It is six statues representing those during the famine time and is right next to the river along the main road.  more »
  • The Famine statues are a stark reminder of the 1840s potato famine. A beautiful memorial, but the statues are confronting.  more »
  • Really beautifully done, very haunting in appearance. Definitely worth walking past when you are on your way to the Jeanie Johnston or along the River.  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.