The National Famine Monument was unveiled in July 1997 by President Mary Robinson.
Created by John Behan, the monument is cast in bronze and depicts what were known as the coffin ships. The sails on this ship are fashioned like skeletons, representing the misery of the trip to the New World for millions. In 2001, a sister monument was unveiled outside the United Nations building in New York. However, the New York ship also has two gangplanks with survivors emerging onto land after their trip across the Atlantic Ocean.