Dublin, Co. Dublin (1997)

Custom House Quay
Artist: Rowan Gillespie
Commissioned by: Norma Smurfit (donated to Irish government)

(Plaque 1)
‘Famine’ / by Rowan Gillespie / Unveiled by / Her Excellency President Robinson / Commissioned and donated to the People of Ireland/ by / Norma Smurfit / 29th May 1997 / ‘A procession fraught with most striking and most melancholy / interest, wending its painful and mournful way along the whole / line of the river, to where the beautiful pile of the Custom house / is distinguishable in the far distance…’ / Irish Quarterly Review, 1854

(Plaque 2) “Famine” / ‘I feel this sculpture is not complete until the figures are crossing a sea / of names, names cast in bronze and set into the cobble surround, thousands / of names, names of those who have pledged to care’ / Rowan Gillespie

By featuring your name on Ireland’s Famine Memorial you commemorate / the past and contribute to Ireland’s future/ The funds raised through this / project will assist the homeless, unemployed and disadvantaged youth of / Ireland

To reserve a place for your name, please phone the Irish Commemoration Fund on 01-6685355

[various names featured on sponsor plaques beneath the memorial]