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A fitting memorial but in an unusual place

We stumbled over this monument by chance. I was so glad to have seen it. Surely this beautiful... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
465RobertH465
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Dronfield, United Kingdom
Hard to find!

If I wouldn't have marked its exact location on my map, I never would have found it. Created by the... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
DisIllusioneD_52
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Edmonton, Alberta
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed September 24, 2012

This poignant family group of statues radiates with tearful resignation. The father, mother, and children clearly demonstrate the pain of starvation with dignity. The only drawback to this statue is the placement of it in a busy parking area rather than on a Sligo corner.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

I mean its the most legendary monument in Famine Irish history and I just think its beautiful. Unfortunately I have agree with Lynn's description about it being around the carpark because there can be lots of traffic and the monument can take over the parking....More

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Reviewed September 17, 2018

We stumbled over this monument by chance. I was so glad to have seen it. Surely this beautiful sculpture should be placed in a more prominent place and not placed at the side of a car park. It just doesn’t do it justice.

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Reviewed August 6, 2018

If I wouldn't have marked its exact location on my map, I never would have found it. Created by the same sculptor as the statue of Annie Moore and her brothers found in Cobh, it's a powerful reminder of the desperation of the time. It...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2018

It is a shame that the city has not found a way to respect What this memorial represents for so many of us who are trying to trace our roots, by allowing a parking lot to surround this magnificent piece of history.

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Reviewed June 28, 2018

We chanced upon this profoundly touching statue while completing a riverside walk. Of Irish extraction, and familiar with the history and literature of the famine, I would not have sought it out but am glad it found me. Great art memorializes the necessary reminders that...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

With my own family ancestors being caught up in the Irish famines of the19th century, the visit was most meaningful to me. You can’t go to Dublin without visiting this memorial

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Reviewed November 6, 2017

The impact of the potato famine on the area was immense and although a sculpture can’t encompass all the pain, this does a good job.

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Reviewed October 12, 2017

Given the magnitude of the famine's devastation on Sligo, it is hard to believe that the City has only recently erected a minor sculpture in a parking lot as its remembrance of this horrendous period of loss.

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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

The fact it's left in the middle of a parking lot with buses in and out beside a pizza take away and pub kind of takes away from the thoughtfulness and emotions. The one in Dublin is isolated alongside the river, still in a city...More

1  Thank irishgirl280
Reviewed August 9, 2017

This piece is in the middle of a public car park on The Quays in Sligo. As we sat on a bench beside it having a sandwich the irony of it wasn't lost on me. I found it a most poignant scene knowing that if...More

Thank Ann Marie P
Reviewed May 12, 2017

My wife and I were out for a lovely walk along the river and came across this Memorial. A part of Irish history that will never be forgotten.

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