Irish Famine Exhibition
2nd Floor, Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2
April 15th to October 15th 2019
Open 12pm to 6pm 7 days
The use of the word 'Famine' in this context is controversial, for Ireland at the time was part of the richest Empire in the World (the British Empire). There was sufficient food in the country throughout the 'Famine' years, yet over a million people died from starvation and disease, and millions more were forced to flee.
Some historians prefer to use the name 'Great Hunger’ to describe this period of mass death from starvation and disease.
This exhibition tells the story of what happened during those horrific years. We use rare 19th century photographs, witness accounts, contemporary sketches as well as maps and statistical information. A 15 minute film with seating is included in the exhibition and the average time spent by visitors is 1 hour.
A DVD of the exhibition can also be purchased at the venue or on our website – www.theirishpotatofamine.com
The exhibition is dedicated to all victims of the Irish Potato Famine or The Great Hunger.
Included in this year’s exhibition will be three museum artefacts. The first is a workhouse coffin bier, used to take inmates from the workhouse to the nearby graveyard. The second is a fourteen stone cast-iron Famine Soup Pot from Donegal, and the third is a letter from 1876 from a man in Galway to his son in England. The son left Ireland during the Famine and the Father is begging him to return home.
The exhibition will be located on the 2nd Floor of the Stephens Green Shopping Centre in Dublin, just a five minute walk from Trinity College. It runs from April 15th to October 15th and will open from 12pm to 6pm, with last entry at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased at Reception as follows: Adult €10, Senior €9, Student €7, Family (2 adults & 2 children under 16) €25