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. Put The Famine Sculpture on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dublin journey planning tool .
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  • We saw it by chance out of the parking lot next to the old customs building (which can be visited) and on our way to Trinity College and Temple Bar along the river. There are several statues representing skinny people who walk recalling a former event. (Famine of 1854)
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  • The famine sculpture recalls realistically and almost sudden visitors arrived in Dublin a very difficult period for the nation, that of the great Irish famine in the 19th century the tenth local people and forced her to a biblical emigration. The sculptures, well executed, are at head height and impressive in their realism and in their being there which installation of a collective memory tragic as indelible.
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  • We came across this moving sculpture as we were walking to the EPIC museum. It is located near to where many Irish people would have left on their journeys to other countries during the famine. The de...  more »

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