The National Famine Monument

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This Monument was unveiled in July 1997 by then President of Ireland, Mary Robinson – it was created by Dublin born Sculptor John Behan (born 1938).

Cast in bronze, it depicts a coffin ship, the sails of which are fashioned like skeletons, representing the terrible, deadly plight of the famine stricken people from the time. In 2001 a similar monument was unveiled in New York close to the United Nations. On that ship is a plank depicting survivors entering America.