Dublin – Famine Memorial

Mostly photos again in this post, from when Liam and I were in Dublin last weekend. This is the Famine Memorial which commemorates the Great Famine which took place in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. The famine, caused by potato blight, saw over one million people lose their lives and over two million people leaving the country. The country’s population is still lower than it was in 1845, a long-lasting legacy of the serious effects of the famine.

These eye-catching sculptures have been in the Docklands area of the city since 1997 and were designed by Rowan Gillespie, an Irish sculptor. There are six life-size figures as part of the memorial and and there are some information boards nearby about the famine. Their formal name is the Famine Memorial, often just called the Famine, and similar figures were placed in Toronto in 2007.