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Famine Memorial

I picked this up from a recent blog of a friend of mine. Some of you may have the occasion to visit Dublin’s fair city. If you do, and you have some time to spare, one of the more poignant witnesses to Ireland’s tragic history is the Famine Memorial on the riverside quays near the Financial Services Centre. Commissioned in 1997 by Norma Smurfit, the memorial in the form of a bronze sculpture was created by Irish artist, Stuart McGrath. Today, it stands as a silent testimony to the suffering of famine victims worldwide. The expressions on the faces often remind of Eduard Munch’s The Scream.
The riverside quays are an appropriate location. From this place generations of Irish people have emigrated from Ireland to find a new life elsewhere. One of the first voyages of the Famine period was on the 'Perserverance' which sailed from Custom House Quay on St. Patrick's Day 1846. In recent years, reflecting the catastrophic collapse of the Irish economy, this pattern of emigration has resumed. Except this time Ireland’s new generation of emigrants is more likely to fly out of Dublin Airport than take the boat to England.

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