The Famine Sculptures, Dublin

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Visit The Famine Sculptures, 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 Sculptures on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dublin journey planning tool.
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  • right outside our hotel these haunting statues are a poignant reminder of the horrors of the Famine - which still lives large in irish folk memory  more »
  • These are really stunning statues depicting the terrible famines of Ireland’s history. Hard to believe when food is so plentiful know, that this actually happened. The statues are like ghosts with...  more »
  • A brilliant memorial with a nice bit of information on the boards and plaques around it. It definitely made me stop and read the boards to find out more.
  • Its a small, moody sculpture, but beautiful in its detail, its like Irelands holocaust museam. A place to quietly remember the past and dream of the future.

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