Statues and Monuments in Dublin
Statues and Monuments in Dublin
Happy new year everybody and welcome to 2017! I hope you all had good holidays and that you are ready to learn a lot more with us and also discover more in Dublin.
Did you know that there are over 142 statues, monuments, memorials, murals and mosaics in Dublin? All of them are really easy to reach. Well known statues and monuments of Dublin would include the statues of Molly Malone, Phil Lynott, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, James Larkin and the Two Women. There is also the Famine Memorial and the Spire. But there are more than 134 more. I won’t write about every single one but I picked some out I thought would be nice to read about and maybe to visit as well.
Beside the Royal Canal, in the north of Dublin and right beside Drumcondra Road Lower, sitting on a bench, you can find the statue of Brendan Behan, an Irish Republican, poet and writer. He wrote in English and Irish. He was also a member of Fianna Éireann, an Irish nationalist youth organisation.
You can find the Parnell Monument on Parnell Street, nearly on O’Connell Street. It’s a statue for Charles Stewart Parnell, who also got Parnell Street and Parnell Square named after him. He was an Irish nationalist politician. In the 1880s he was also one of the most powerful people in the British House of Commons.
The O’Connell Monument of Daniel O’Connell is on Lower O’Connell Street facing the bridge which is also named after him. Daniel O’Connell was a barrister and later a Member of Parliament. He is also well known for his involvement in the Catholic emancipation.
On the junction of Amiens St and Memorial Rd you can find the “Universal Links on Human Rights” memorial sculpture. Amnesty International commissioned it in 1995 as a memorial for everybody who got imprisoned because of their sexual orientation, race, religion, or political view.
In Trinity College, right upon the entry, you can find the Campanile. It’s a bell tower with a height of 30.5 metres. The higher faculties (Divinity, Science, Medicine and Law) are represented by four statues sitting on the corners of the campanile. It’s said that a student who passes beneath the bell tower while the bell tolls will fail their exams.
Another sculpture in Trinity College is the “Sphere within Sphere”, one of 14 sculptures like this by the Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. Seven of them are in the USA, two in Italy, one in Israel, Japan and Iran and of course in Dublin.The inner ball should represent the earth and the outer the Christianity. The fragility and complexity of the world is shown by the internal layers which look like the cogwheels of a complex machine.
The statue of the businessman, politician and philanthropist Arthur Guinness, also called Lord Ardilaun, is sitting in St Stephen’s Green. He gave this public park to the citizen of Dublin, helped with the restaurations of Marsh’s Library and the extension of city's Coombe Women's Hospital.
I wish you a lot of fun now. Hopefully now you know what these statues and monuments are about when you visit them!
Enjoy 2017! Enjoy your time with Everest!