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Dearbhail McDonald: Famine ghosts demand a caring response to the refugee crisis

Published 05/09/2015 | 02:30

The Irish Famine Memorial on the north quay in Dublin
The Irish Famine Memorial on the north quay in Dublin
The harrowing Irish Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay is a reminder of the difficulties that our ancestors faced

My walk to work brings me into Dublin's Docklands, home to two poignant reminders of Ireland's Great Famine.

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The Jeanie Johnston tall ship, whose replica is berthed on Custom House Quay, made 16 voyages to North America and, along with other ships, transported thousands across the Atlantic.

Just ahead lies the Famine Memorial, a series of bronze sculptures depicting the emaciated bodies of men, women and children seeking sanctuary from a crisis that saw Ireland's population fall from 8.5 million in 1845 to just 6.7 million six years later.

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