Group of six painfully thin figures and a dog, as if walking towards the emigration ships on the Dublin Quayside
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br Rowan Gillespie
Her Excellency President Robinson
Commissioned and Donated to the People of Ireland
29th May 1997
'A procession fraught with most striking and most melancholy
interest, wending its painful and mournful way along the whole
line of the river, to where the beautiful pile of the Custom House
is distinguishable in the far distance........
Irish Quarterly Review, 1854
Im memory of the victims of the Great Famine, and for
their descendants who have done so much to build Canada.
En mémoire des victimes de la Grande famine, et en hommage à
leurs descendants qui ont tant contribué a bâtir le Canada.
|The Right Honourable
Le très honorable
15 6 99
||Prime Minister of Canada
Premier ministre du Canada
In the pavement between and around the statues are bronze plaques with names. Explanation is in a separate plaque:
'I feel this sculpture is not complete until the figures are crossing a sea
of names, names cast in bronze and set into the cobble surround, thousands
of names, names of those who have pledged to care'
By featuring your name on Ireland's Famine memorial you commemorate
the past and contribute to Ireland's future. The funds raised through this
projects will assist the homeless, unemployed and disadvantaged youth of
To reserve a place for your name, please phone the
Irish Famine Commemoration Fund on 01-6685355
The Great Famine - an Gorta Mór
The population of Ireland in 1750 was four million people. By 1840, the number had risen to eight million. This phenomenal increase was entirely due to one crop - the 'lumper' potato. This variety could grow in poor soil and was very nutritious, particular when accompanied by a drink of buttermilk. But a society dependent on a single crop is a precarious one. In 1841, disaster struck. A blight caused the potato crop to fail and many people had no other source of food. Famine was widespread. By 1845, half a million people had died and another half a million had fled the country, either to England or to America. This mass exodus of the Irish continued over the next century so that the population went back down to four million and only recently has started to rise again (Wikipedia).
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Location (N 53°20'52" - W 6°15'0")
Item Code: ie070; Photograph: 13 June 2014
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