Dearbhail McDonald: Famine ghosts demand a caring response to the refugee crisis
Published 05/09/2015 | 02:30
My walk to work brings me into Dublin's Docklands, home to two poignant reminders of Ireland's Great Famine.
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.