Dublin statues and their nicknames


Dublin statues and their nicknames

Dublin statues are a significant feature of the cityscape of Dublin and many have acquired nicknames. The city's statues and other monuments have a long history of controversy about their subjects and designs, and a number of formerly prominent monuments have been removed or destroyed.

O'Connell Street

Dublin's most prominent monument, Nelson's Pillar, which stood near the General Post Office (GPO) in the centre of O'Connell Street, was blown up by the IRA in 1966, as their way of commemorating the Easter Rising. The IRA only demolished the top of the pillar, what remained was known as "The Stump", until it too was blown up by the Army bomb squad for safety reasons. Ironically, this controlled explosion actually caused more damage than the original bombing.Fact|date=October 2008

Other monuments still surviving on O'Connell Street include statues honouring Charles Stewart Parnell at the north end of the street; at the southern end stands a statue of Daniel O'Connell. Other statues on the street include one of trade union leader James Larkin.

Nearby, outside St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral stands a statue honouring the Dublin Martyrs, Mayor Francis Taylor and his grandmother-in-law Mayoress Margaret Ball.

On the site of the Pillar, a new monument was erected in January 2003. Officially named the Spire of Dublin, this tall needle-like structure has already received a number of nicknames including "The Spike", "The Binge Syringe", "The Stiletto in the Ghetto", "The Nail in the Pale" (see the Pale), "The Pin in the Bin", "The Stiffy at the Liffey", and "The Erection in the Intersection". To erect the new monument, a notorious 1980s monument to the personified river Liffey, Anna Livia, was removed from nearby on O'Connell St. A woman sitting on a slope with bubbling water running down past her represented the river. It rapidly came to be nicknamed the "Floozie in the Jacuzzi", the "Hoor in the Sewer" ("hoor" is a dialectal Irish version of "whore", and in a "working class" Dublin accent, rhymes with sewer).

North Earl Street runs right onto the base of the Spire. At this junction is a statue of James Joyce, the world-famous Irish writer, walking with a cane in his hand. It is known to the Dublin populace as "The Prick with the Stick". [ [http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cache:4qS3KijP5H4J:www.jamesjoyce.ie/listing.asp%3Fid%3D4+Prick+with+the+Stick+james+joyce&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=uk The James Joyce Centre] ]

Just by the Ha'penny Bridge is a statue of two women sitting on a bench engaged in conversation with their shopping bags at their feet — they are known famously as "The Hags with the Bags". [ [http://www.parshall.net/dublin/street.htm Craig Parshall] retrieved 7 December 2006.]

A short distance away from O'Connell Street by the banks of the Liffey lies the site of an ill-fated millennium clock, erected in the mid-1990s to count down the hours, minutes and seconds to the year 2000. The clock, with a green-illuminated digital face, was placed underneath the surface of the river by the bank so that the time shone up through the water. A postcard booth was placed on the bridge above the clock that printed postcards for £1, each bearing the exact amount of time left at that moment until the dawn of the new millennium. However, the clock entered a period of chronic ill health: it had to be temporarily removed to allow a rowing-boat race to pass by and in the months that followed, it had repeated problems with letting in water and failing to display the time correctly. It was removed after a brief period, but not before it had been variously nicknamed "The Time in the Slime", and "The Chime in the Slime" by the people of Dublin. Also it received the nickname "An Rud in the Mud" (a usage of the Gaelic word "rud", meaning "thing" or an object of no actual function — the implication being that the clock was of no practical use, even when it worked).Fact|date=October 2008 A rectangular hole left in the side of the bridge was later filled with a hoax plaque commemorating a fictitious priest, Father Pat Noise. [cite news|url=http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2007/0524/1179498727032.html |title=Hoax Plaque on Bridge Will Now be Left In Place |first=Alison |last=Healy |work=The Irish Times |date=24 May 2007 |accessdate=2007-06-27 ] [ [http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostcarpark/143647463/in/set-72057594130431286/ Photo] ]

On College Street, outside Trinity College, the traffic island that a statue to the nineteenth-century lyricist Thomas Moore shares with a public toilet has long been known as "The Meeting of the Waters", thus neatly honouring both the civic facility and a famous poem of the writer. [http://www.living-dublin.com/trinity.htm Living Dublin: "The railings below Tom's statue surround what used to be a public convenience (until most of them were closed down due to the difficulty of policing unsavoury elements). With typical Dublin wit and lack of respect, this spot was always known by the title of Moore's most famous work - The Meeting of the Waters."]

Another statue to earn a dubious but comical nickname is a monument at the bottom of Grafton Street representing Molly Malone, a fictitious fishmonger featured in Dublin's anthem, "Molly Malone", who is shown, with ample cleavage, wheeling a cart. The statue was erected to celebrate Dublin's millennium in 1988 (although Dublin was more than 1,000 years old at the time, see History of Dublin), and is generally known in Dublin as "The Tart with the Cart", "The Dolly with the Trolley", "The Trollop with the Scallop", "The Dish with the Fish" or "The Flirt in the Skirt". [ [http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:feirpwvEGBAJ:graymonk.mu.nu/archives/2006/09/+Trollop+with+the+scallop&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=14&gl=uk blog] ]

On the north-east corner of St Stephen's Green, a semi-circle of rough stone pillars commemorating the Irish Famine and surrounding a statue of Wolfe Tone, is sometimes called "Tone-henge" (after Stonehenge). In Merrion Square, inside the north west corner gateway, there is a statue of Oscar Wilde composed of different coloured stone, sitting on a large granite boulder. This has been nicknamed "The Queer with the Leer", "The Fag on the Crag" or "The Quare in the Square" ("quare" being a dialectal Irish pronunciation of queer). [ [http://www.literarytraveler.com/ireland_tours/ireland_tours_oscar.aspx Ireland Tours - Oscar Wilde in Dublin: "Townspeople commonly allude to the statue of Oscar Wilde as "The Queer with the Leer," "The Fag on the Crag, " or "The Quare in the Square."] ]

Curiously, given that Ireland has been independent for over 80 years, no Dublin statues commemorate independent Irish leaders. Statues were never erected to figures like Éamon de Valera, [There is however a statue of Éamon de Valera in Ennis, County Clare. There is also a bust of Michael Collins in Merrion Square, Dublin.] W. T. Cosgrave, Seán Lemass, or any of the presidents of Ireland. One of the few elected politicians commemorated with a statue is Henry Grattan, a leading politician of the 1780s in the old Irish Parliament. A nearby statue of patriot Thomas Davis has earned the nickname "Frankenstein" due to the out of scale hands and odd shaped body given to the nationalist leader in the 1960s work.

Former statues

Dublin was once famed for its high quality equestrian statues, including the Lord Gough monument in the Phoenix Park, the William of Orange statue in College Green and the King George II statue in St Stephen's Green. No statues of people on horseback remain today, as the IRA has since blown them all up. There is, however, a modern equestrian statue outside the "Break for the Border" nightclub on Stephen Street. The statue consists of an American Indian mounted on horseback.Fact|date=October 2008

One statue not destroyed was the statue of Queen Victoria by Irish sculptor John Hughes, which was unveiled outside Leinster House, now the seat of Oireachtas Éireann, by Edward VII in 1904. Noel Lemass TD remarked of the statute in Dáil Éireann "I think we all agree it is one of the most ugly statues of that royal lady..." [ [http://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/D/0273/D.0273.197405280063.html Dáil Éireann - Volume 273 - 28 May 1974, Paragraph 132.] ] Nicknamed "The Auld Bitch", it was removed in 1947 and transferred to storage at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. In the late 1980s, it was given to the city of Sydney, Australia, where it now stands outside the Queen Victoria Building in the city centre. [ [http://publicartreview.com/queen-victoria-the-auld-bitch/2008/09/20/ Izzard, Tanya. "Public Art Review": "The Auld Bitch"] ]




List of Dublin statues (people)

* Daniel O'Connell - O'Connell St.
* Charles Stewart Parnell - O'Connell St.
* Sir John Gray - O'Connell St.
* Jim Larkin - O'Connell St.
* Theobald Mathew (temperance reformer) - O'Connell St.
* William Smith O'Brien - O'Connell St.
* Cúchulainn - GPO O'Connell St.
* Dublin Martyrs - Cathedral Street
* Thomas Davis - College Green
* Henry Grattan - College Green
* Oliver Goldsmith - College Green
* Edmund Burke - College Green
* Thomas Moore - College Street
* Phil Lynott - Harry Street
**"The Ace with the Bass" [ [http://www.flickr.com/photos/gandalfirl/393999312/ Photo] ]
* James Joyce - North Earl St.
** "The Prick with the Stick" [ [http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cache:4qS3KijP5H4J:www.jamesjoyce.ie/listing.asp%3Fid%3D4+Prick+with+the+Stick+james+joyce&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=uk The James Joyce Centre] ]
* James Connolly - Beresford Place
* Molly Malone - Grafton Street
** "The Tart with the Cart", "The Trollope with the Scallop" [ [http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:feirpwvEGBAJ:graymonk.mu.nu/archives/2006/09/+Trollop+with+the+scallop&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=14&gl=uk blog] ]
* Oscar Wilde - Merrion Square Park
**"The Fag on the Crag", [ Fionn Davenport, Martin Hughes " [http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=Fag+on+the+Crag&btnG=Google+Search&meta= Dublin: City Guide] " Lonely Planet 2004] "The Quare in the Square", [IrishTimes.com [http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/travel/2008/0621/1213917296081.html Sites to see before you die] ; 21 June 2008] "The Queer with the Leer" [ [http://www.literarytraveler.com/ireland_tours/ireland_tours_oscar.aspx Ireland Tours - Oscar Wilde in Dublin: "Townspeople commonly allude to the statue of Oscar Wilde as "The Queer with the Leer," "The Fag on the Crag, " or "The Quare in the Square."] ]
* William Coyningham - Kildare Street
* Wolfe Tone - St Stephen's Green
** "Tonehenge" [ [http://216.239.59.104/search?q=cache:XzJ4FfpG7aYJ:www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2008/0730/1217279156006.html+Tone-henge&hl=ga&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=ie "Irish Times": "A day in the beating heart of Dublin"] July 30, 2008]
* Robert Emmet - Saint Stephen's Green
* Patrick Kavanagh - The Grand Canal
** "The Crank on the Bank" [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=AmpOAwl3KzcC&pg=PA144&lpg=PA144&dq=%22chime+in+the+slime%22&source=web&ots=LrGakIfYWH&sig=T9lQICaY7p0Yg63FoX-pBXFdvMc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result Hickey, Raymond. "Dublin English: Evolution and Change" (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2005)] ]
* Countess Markievicz - Tara Street
* William Lecky - Trinity College
* George Salmon - Trinity College
* Daniel Murray - Pro Cathedral
* Seán Russell - Fairview Park
* Brendan Behan - Royal Canal, Upper Dorset Street
* Matt Talbot - Sir John Rogerson's Quay

List of prominent Dublin monuments and sculptures

* Wellington Testimonial - Phoenix Park
* Phoenix Monument - Phoenix Park
* Papal Cross - Phoenix Park
* Two Women - Lower Liffey Street
** "The Hags with the Bags" [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=af7h2Mu1Qs0C&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=%22stiffy+by+the+liffey%22&source=web&ots=4xVtjRs43U&sig=fK9h3UoMueP29N-QtlzpUYqCG0s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result Chris Dowding: "A Few Drops Short of a Pint"] ]
* "The Fusiliers' Arch" - memorial to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers [ [http://www.irishwarmemorials.ie/html/getPDF.php?memorialID=142 Irish War Memorials] ] - St Stephen's Green
** "Traitors' Gate" [ [http://www.inyourpocket.com/ireland/dublin/Sightseeing/category/63597-Parks.html In Your Pocket: Dublin] ]
* An Cailín Bán - Sandymount Strand
* Spire of Dublin - O'Connell St.
** "The Stiletto in the Ghetto", [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=ZLHgtXEUfXgC&pg=PA111&lpg=PA111&dq=%22Whore+in+the+Sewer%22&source=web&ots=QiKc0ANmAT&sig=oxOUMEgQK2epcxIrUhC9rw4rHIw&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result#PPA111,M1 Margaret Greenwood, Mark Connolly, Geoff Wallis: "The Rough Guide to Ireland"] ] "The Stiffy by the Liffey" [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=af7h2Mu1Qs0C&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=%22stiffy+by+the+liffey%22&source=web&ots=4xVtjRs43U&sig=fK9h3UoMueP29N-QtlzpUYqCG0s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result Chris Dowding: "A Few Drops Short of a Pint"] ] "The Skewer in the Sewer", [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=af7h2Mu1Qs0C&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=%22stiffy+by+the+liffey%22&source=web&ots=4xVtjRs43U&sig=fK9h3UoMueP29N-QtlzpUYqCG0s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result Chris Dowding: "A Few Drops Short of a Pint"] ] "The Height of Folly", [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=af7h2Mu1Qs0C&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=%22stiffy+by+the+liffey%22&source=web&ots=4xVtjRs43U&sig=fK9h3UoMueP29N-QtlzpUYqCG0s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result Chris Dowding: "A Few Drops Short of a Pint"] ] "Bertie's Erection", [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=af7h2Mu1Qs0C&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=%22stiffy+by+the+liffey%22&source=web&ots=4xVtjRs43U&sig=fK9h3UoMueP29N-QtlzpUYqCG0s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result Chris Dowding: "A Few Drops Short of a Pint"] ] "The Stick in the Sick", [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=af7h2Mu1Qs0C&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=%22stiffy+by+the+liffey%22&source=web&ots=4xVtjRs43U&sig=fK9h3UoMueP29N-QtlzpUYqCG0s&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result Chris Dowding: "A Few Drops Short of a Pint"] ] "The Spire in the Mire",Fact|date=October 2008 "The Poker near Croker",Fact|date=October 2008 "The Nail in the Pale".Fact|date=October 2008
* Queen Victoria Fountain - Dún Laoghaire
** "The Birdcage" [ [http://www.irish-architecture.com/buildings_ireland/dublin/dunlaoghaire/images/fountain.jpgQueen Victoria Fountain] ]
* O'Connell Tower - Prospect Cemetery
* Battle of the Custom House - Memorial Road
* Liberty Scaling the Heights - Grand Canal St.
* Famine Monument - Custom House Quay
* Children of Lir - Parnell Square [ [http://www.tourist-information-dublin.co.uk/garden-of-remembrance-dublin/gardenofremembrance.jpgChildren of Lir] ]
* Chariot of Life - Abbey Street
* Padraig Sheahan Memorial - Hawkins Street
* Dublin Yeomanry Memorial - St. Andrew Street
* Lady Laura Grattan Font - St Stephen's Green North
* Merchant Seamen Memorial - Sir John Rogerson's Quay
* 1974 Dublin and Monaghan Bombings Memorial - Talbot Street
* Dancing Couple - Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock
* The NCIris - Mayor Square, IFSC **

Other notable Dublin statues

* Cinema Usher - Screen Cinema, Hawkins Street.
* Strong Striking Bear - IFSC
* A Cow - Jervis Street
* Two Deer - N11 Glen of the Downs
* Two Children - Portland Row
* A Hand - Marlborough Street
* Statue of a fiddler and three children dancing - Stillorgan Shopping Centre [ [http://images.google.ie/imgres?imgurl=http://www.fantasyjackpalance.com/fjp/photos/city/a001/stillorgan-shoppingcentre3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.fantasyjackpalance.com/fjp/photos/city/0codea/stillorganshoppingcentre3.html&h=320&w=240&sz=34&hl=en&start=2&um=1&tbnid=tBEUsB1OKq-UYM:&tbnh=118&tbnw=89&prev=/images%3Fq%3DStillorgan%2BShopping%2BCentre%2Bstatue%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG Photo] ]
* Father Pat Noise memorial - O'Connell Bridge. A hoax commemorative plaque placed in the gap left from the control box of the millennium clock in 1999. [cite news|url=http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2007/0524/1179498727032.html |title=Hoax Plaque on Bridge Will Now be Left In Place |first=Alison |last=Healy |work=The Irish Times |date=24 May 2007 |accessdate=2007-06-27 ] [ [http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostcarpark/143647463/in/set-72057594130431286/ Photo] ]
* Footprints - traffic island at junction of D'Olier Street and Westmoreland Street. Various human and other footprints set into the concrete paving slabs.
* Smithfield Village chimney (off O'Connell St.)
**"The Flue with the View" [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=AmpOAwl3KzcC&pg=PA144&lpg=PA144&dq=%22chime+in+the+slime%22&source=web&ots=LrGakIfYWH&sig=T9lQICaY7p0Yg63FoX-pBXFdvMc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result Hickey, Raymond. "Dublin English: Evolution and Change" (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2005)] ]

List of past Dublin statues and monuments

* King George II - St Stephen's Green (blown up 1937) [ [http://www.fantasyjackpalance.com/fjp/photos/kf/history/002/stephens-green.jpgPhoto] ]
* William of Orange - College Green (blown up 1946) [ [http://www.quinnipiac.edu/other/abl/etext/irish/pictures/p254i.jpgPhoto] ]
* - Merrion Square (sent to Australia in the late 1980s)
* "Bowl of Light" - O'Connell Bridge - nicknamed "The Tomb of the Unknown Gurrier". [O'Dwyer, Frederick. "Lost Dublin". (HarperCollins 1982).] Thrown into the Liffey in 1953. Replaced with a flowerbed nicknamed "The Thing". [O'Dwyer, Frederick. "Lost Dublin". (HarperCollins 1982).] [ [http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v678/testguy/bowl2.jpgPhoto: Flowerbed] ]
* Gough Monument - Phoenix Park (blown up 1957) [ [http://www.quinnipiac.edu/other/abl/etext/irish/pictures203/p30i.jpgPhoto] ]
* Nelson's Pillar - O'Connell Street (blown up 1966) [ [http://www.historicalinsights.ie/images/nelsonscolumn.jpgPhoto] ]
* Millennium Clock - River Liffey (removed 1999)
** "The Chime in the Slime", [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=AmpOAwl3KzcC&pg=PA144&lpg=PA144&dq=%22chime+in+the+slime%22&source=web&ots=LrGakIfYWH&sig=T9lQICaY7p0Yg63FoX-pBXFdvMc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result Hickey, Raymond. "Dublin English: Evolution and Change" (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2005)] ] "The Clock in the Dock". [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=AmpOAwl3KzcC&pg=PA144&lpg=PA144&dq=%22chime+in+the+slime%22&source=web&ots=LrGakIfYWH&sig=T9lQICaY7p0Yg63FoX-pBXFdvMc&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result Hickey, Raymond. "Dublin English: Evolution and Change" (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2005)] ]
* Anna Livia - O'Connell Street (new location recently decided)
** "The Floozie in the Jacuzzi", "The Whore in the Sewer" (whore is pronounced "hoo-er", sewer is pronounced "soo-er") [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=ZLHgtXEUfXgC&pg=PA111&lpg=PA111&dq=%22Whore+in+the+Sewer%22&source=web&ots=QiKc0ANmAT&sig=oxOUMEgQK2epcxIrUhC9rw4rHIw&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result#PPA111,M1 Margaret Greenwood, Mark Connolly, Geoff Wallis: "The Rough Guide to Ireland"] ]
* The Washerwomen - Dame Street (site undergoing redevelopment, status unknown)

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