Rowan Gillespie's 'The Arrival' on view in Dublin’s Docklands
'The Arrival' depicts the arrival of Irish immigrants to Canada's shores during the famine years and compliments the existing famine sculptures on Custom House Quay. It will be on view to the public in the Atrium of the National College of Ireland on Saturday 24th February from 9am to 5pm before being transported to Canada where they will be located at Toronto's Ireland Park.
To coincide with the temporary exhibition of Rowan Gillespie's Toronto-bound famine sculptures, the famine ship, Jeanie Johnston, and its onboard museum will open to the public this weekend, 24th and 25th February 2007.
The Jeanie Johnston is a replica of a 19th century sailing vessel which was used to transport timber and grain from North America to Ireland and took on Irish immigrants fleeing from the Great Famine for the return journeys to America.
The traditional timber ship recreates what it was like for the impoverished, hungry and frightened emigrants to embark on a voyage into the unknown in the immediate aftermath of the Great Famine.
The Jeanie Johnston will be berthed at North Wall Quay in Dublin's Docklands and will open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February.
For further information, please contact:
Loretta Lambkin, Director of Marketing, Docklands Authority, Tel 01 818 3300
Christine Lydon WHPR, Tel 01 669 0030 087 283 7407