Dublin’s Famine Statues

irish famine statuesAlong the north quays at the east end of Dublin city centre you’ll find some strange and disturbing figures.

Gaunt and disturbing, these iron figures commemorate the great hunger that killed a huge portion of Ireland’s population in the last century.

I don’t feel like I can adequately discuss the famine itself in this entry. Perhaps this image of the statues will do what seeing them for the first time did for me: lead to you reading a bit more about what happened to these people.

Hopefully these disturbing statues will continue to serve as a reminder to the world of this tragedy.

The website for the famine museum in Strokestown

Wikipedia’s entry on the famine

An US curriculum teaching about the famine