Killiney Obelisk is located on top of Killliney Hill in south county Dublin. It was built in 1742 to provide work and commemorate a sad event in Ireland’s history. It was commissioned by John Malpas in response to the famine of 1740 and 1741. This event is often described as ‘Ireland’s forgotten famine’ or ‘The Year of the Slaughter’ which was caused by two incredibly cold winters and a severely wet summer that wiped out the remaining crops and livestock. Reports suggest that between 250,000 – 480,000 people died and it was so cold in Dublin that small vessels were destroyed by icebergs on the River Liffey and towns and cities were plunged into darkness as street lamps could not be lit. Food riots were also common and sickness broke out throughout the country. A few famine relief building projects were organized by rich landlords like John Malpas and Kathryn Connolly to provide employment to destitute families. This is however the most spectacular location in Dublin for panoramic views of the sea and mountains.