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The Famine Memorial in Dublin – the somber sculptures commemorating Irish Famine on the river Liffey in Dublin. Ireland is a mecca for memorials, historical places and public sculpture, but few are as somber and potent as this one. The Famine Memorial sculpture was created by Rowan Gillespie and unveiled in 1997. The sculptures consist of emaciated men and women trudging along the banks of the river, with various expressions of sadness, despair and determination. To really drive the point home, the bronze sculptures also include a starving dog walking behind the people. They are one of the most photographed public art pieces in all of Ireland. Just a few steps away from the sculpture is a tall ship moored in the water that is set up as a famine museum. The Jeanie Johnston is a replica famine boat and is a fitting backdrop to the memorial statues.

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