The Famine Sculptures
The Famine Sculptures
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About
'Famine' (1997) was commissioned by Norma Smurfit and presented to the City of Dublin in 1997. The sculpture is a commemorative work dedicated to those Irish people forced to emigrate during the 19th century Irish Famine. The bronze sculptures were designed and crafted by Dublin sculptor Rowan Gillespie and are located on Custom House Quay in Dublin's Docklands. This location is a particularly appropriate and historic as one of the first voyages of the Famine period was on the 'Perserverance' which sailed from Custom House Quay on St. Patrick's Day 1846. The area is also home to two other attractions that chronicle this chapter in Irish history. The Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Famine Story is a replica famine-era ship and offers tours of the conditions famine migrants would have endured. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a fully digital museum that tells the amazing story and history of Irish emigration, including that of the Great Famine period.
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  • MKTBE
    Topeka, Kansas4,045 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Haunting Memorial!
    The haunting figures of the Famine Statues memorialize the most profound disaster in Ireland's history. The Great Famine of the 19th century took the lives of over a million Irish citizens. Another million emigrated to other countries hoping for their families to survive. The population of Ireland decreased by more than 20% during this devastating time. It is hard to imagine this kind of suffering. I feel so blessed to have been able to visit the beautiful island of Ireland, where some of my ancestors emigrated from.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • urbanguy
    Richmond, Virginia4,977 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Famine Sculptures
    These are located on the "walkway" on the North side of the River Liffey at what is called the Custom House Quay. The sculpted figures represent the millions of Irish that were affected by the famine of the 1840s. Not to be missed......such an integral part of Irish history.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Paul B
    Chirnside Park, Australia1,050 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the walk
    These statues and the information provided helps tell an awful story of how humans have been treated in the past. Let's make sure we don't continue to 'punish' the poor. You can see many homeless in Dublin still today.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2024
  • Gordon R
    Bathgate, United Kingdom901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Accessable History and art combination.
    Another example of why Dublin is such a fantastic city to walk round with accessable history and art everywhere. This is a poignant reminder of the harrowing famine in Ireland in the nineteenth century. Excellent and thought provoking sculptures.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2024
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Louisa V
Dublin, Ireland68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I stood amongst these gaunt figures and looked up into their faces, you cannot but help feel the sorrow for the Irish people during the difficult famine. I placed my hand on the heart of one of the male statues and just had to say sorry for the hurt and pain they must of endured. I made sure that evening to educate myself on the history of the famine to get a better understanding of what happended. I defy anyone to feel moved when they come upon this monument.
Written September 6, 2020
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ChinadollRVC
New York City, NY345 contributions
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Jan 2020
My sister and I happened upon the Famine Sculptures on the way to the EPIC Museum. These gaunt figures are bleak and haunting—and unforgettable. The famine was a monumental period in Irish history, and was also responsible for a huge wave of Irish emigration. These wafer thin statues of men, women and children in ragged clothes are worth going out of your way for, because the potato famine forever shaped Irish history.
Written February 7, 2020
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travellingjacko
York, UK330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The statues are very effective in displaying the severe and horrid conditions people were left in. Located next to river it is a harrowing contrast between modern Dublin and the dark past people suffered through. There are also information boards to educate yourself about the famine.
Written February 24, 2020
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Erin
Palatine, Illinois37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
I went here in 2016. I like that it’s something different. If you like history, going in to old buildings, and spooky feelings definitely go. Very educational. Sad stories. It is quite a walk, so I’d ask if it’s accessible for those who need assistance.
Written March 17, 2020
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Jen from Toronto Canada
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Although I was staying nearby these sculptures and I didn't get the full appreciation of them until I took the Dublin Free Walking Tour -- Northside. Our guide, Sam, took the group to see these sculptures and as we approached from behind, we were asked to reflect on our experience and how the people at this time of Irish history might have been feeling. The sculptures are captivating and say more than words could every say.
Written June 18, 2022
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vpexplores1
Oxford, UK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
An evocative sculpture on the banks of the Liffy in front of the EPIC museum. It brings to life the experience of people living ‘off the land’ during the potato famine. Starving people without hope. It is sad to see how many people there are in Dublin still without food and shelter.
Written June 7, 2022
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IDoLoveFood
Belgium660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Viewing these sculptures gives you an idea why the Irish were so keen te emigrate. It looks as if the depicted persons are on a quest for food, trying to escape the misery. The material used for the sculptures is perfectly fit to the subject. It also withstands the harsh conditons on the walking path along the canal (North bank).
Written October 22, 2021
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Leslie W
166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This is between EPIC and the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship. It’s a grouping of statues, illustrating the condition of the people who emigrated in and around 1845 due to the famine. The figures are weirdly elongated, making them look even thinner. Very evocative.
Written November 8, 2021
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Angie A
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
As I walked past this evocative sculpture installation, my heart was so touched by the dispair and heartbreak that is displayed there. Each individual is depicted in heartbreakingly realistic poses and expressions. Take time to really look into the faces of these individuals; walk among them. Feel compassion and empathy.
Written May 13, 2022
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS4,045 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The haunting figures of the Famine Statues memorialize the most profound disaster in Ireland's history. The Great Famine of the 19th century took the lives of over a million Irish citizens. Another million emigrated to other countries hoping for their families to survive. The population of Ireland decreased by more than 20% during this devastating time. It is hard to imagine this kind of suffering. I feel so blessed to have been able to visit the beautiful island of Ireland, where some of my ancestors emigrated from.
Written October 29, 2023
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