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Famine Memorial is located along the Liffey River near Custom House Quay in the Dublin Docklands. It was a gift from famous Dubliners to the city and the plaques on the pavement list their names. It consists of several statues of thin and starving people (and one dog) who seem to be walking towards the outbound ships in the hopes of finding a better life in another country.
The memorial was presented to the city in 1997 and created by local Dublin artist Rowan Gillespie to commemorate the Great Famine between 1845 and 1852. A potato blight destroyed almost the entire potato harvest during those years. As potatoes were the main food source at the time, Ireland lost around one million people to starvation and disease. Around another mi... read more