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Ireland
Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath
Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath

St. Stephen's Green

Theobald Wolfe Tone - Famine Memorial / Cuimhneachán an Ghorta

Dublin 1763 - Dublin 1798
Irish revolutionary figure and one of the founding members of the United Irishmen; regarded as the father of Irish republicanism
(Wikipedia)
Edward Delaney
1967

Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath /  Theobald Wolfe Tone - Famine Memorial / <i>Cuimhneachán an Ghorta</i>   Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath /  Theobald Wolfe Tone - Famine Memorial / <i>Cuimhneachán an Ghorta</i>

Description

Sculpture group on two sides of a semicircle of rough stone pillars.

Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Theobald Wolfe Tone - Famine Memorial / Cuimhneachán an Ghorta Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Theobald Wolfe Tone - Famine Memorial / Cuimhneachán an Ghorta

Inscription(s)

Street side:
WOLFE TONE
1763 1798

Theobald Wolfe Tone 1763-1798
by Edward Delaney R.H.A.
unveiled by President de Valera in 1967

Park side:

Famine
by Edward Delaney R.H.A.

The Great Famine - an Gorta Mór

The population of Ireland in 1750 was four million people. By 1840, the number had risen to eight million. This phenomenal increase was entirely due to one crop - the 'lumper' potato. This variety could grow in poor soil and was very nutritious, particular when accompanied by a drink of buttermilk. But a society dependent on a single crop is a precarious one. In 1841, disaster struck. A blight caused the potato crop to fail and many people had no other source of food. Famine was widespread. By 1845, half a million people had died and another half a million had fled the country, either to England or to America. This mass exodus of the Irish continued over the next century so that the population went back down to four million and only recently has started to rise again (Wikipedia).

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Location (N 53°20'18" - W 6°15'22")

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