Great Famine Memorial


Custom House Quay

NileGuide Expert tip:

Look closely into the eyes of the statues to feel the terrible sense of sadness


This moving life-sized ensemble (1997) by Irish sculpture Rowan Gillespie is his tribute to the one million plus victims of the Great Potato Famine (1845-52) and its resulting mass emigration. It depicts a group of emaciated figures walking towards the quays in the hope of taking a ship to the New World. In 2007 a companion  piece by Gillespie was unveiled in Ireland Park, Toronto Harbourfront.

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