Dublin's Quirky Statues

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We're a city with more than our fair share of quirky and funny statues, and we love them all. Judging by many people's Dublin holiday snaps, we're not the only ones! 

If you'd like to go and see some for yourself whenever you visit, we've pulled together a collection of some of our favourites below, along with a free map for you to download.


Mr Screen
You'll find this Sergeant Pepper-style usher near Trinity College Dublin, at the corner of Townsend Street and Hawkins Street. His name is Mr Screen, and he's here to guide moviegoers into The Screen Cinema. This way please.

Mr Screen

Phil Lynott
Located just off Grafton Street (outside Bruxelles Bar on Harry St) is a life-sized bronze statue of the late Irish rock legend, Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott.

It's not the only way that he's commemorated in Dublin - each January, the city hosts an Annual Vibe for Philo memorial gig. But if you can't make it to that, at least stop by his statue to let him know you're back in town.

Phil Lynott

Oscar Wilde
Happily resting in Merrion Square is another of Dublin’s quirky statues - and arguably our most colourful one! It depicts a reclining Oscar Wilde, lying back in the leafy shade as he watches the world go by with a wry smile.

A witty social commentator, playwright and novelist, Wilde spent most of his childhood life living nearby at No. 1 Merrion Square, and is rightly recognised as one of Dublin’s most famous and best-loved literary greats.

Molly Malone
A stroll down Grafton Street in the direction of Trinity College will bring you to what's probably the most famous statue in Dublin - Molly Malone with her cockles and mussels.

Unveiled during our 1988 Millennium celebrations, this statue (known by certain Dublin wits as "The Tart With The Cart") commemorates the subject of the legendary folk song, "Molly Malone".

Theories differ on whether she was real or fictional, but we believe that she actually existed, which is why we celebrate National Molly Malone Day each June 13th (the supposed date of her death in 1699).

Meeting Place
Cross over the Ha'penny Bridge towards Liffey Street Lower and you'll come across the aptly named "Meeting Place" sculpture.

Technically a pair of statues, it shows two ladies taking a break from their shopping on a marble bench and, as we say here in Dublin, having "a good aul' chat"!

If you fancy taking their lead, here's our guide to where to shop while you're in Dublin.

James Joyce
Just off O’Connell Street, you’ll find a statue commemorating one of Dublin’s most famous sons - Mr James Joyce.

There he stands at the top of North Earl Street; legs crossed, leaning on his cane, watching the world go by. A celebration of all things Joycean is held every year on June 16th (the day on which the legendary writer's most famous book 'Ulysses' is set). In reference to the central character, Leopold Bloom, it's known as Bloomsday.

If you've already spotted our quirky statues around the city, feel free to share your snaps with us by using the hashtag #LoveDublin on Twitter or Instagram.

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Dublin's Quirky Statues

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CATEGORY

Insider Guides

We're a city with more than our fair share of quirky and funny statues, and we love them all. Judging by many people's Dublin holiday snaps, we're not the only ones! 

If you'd like to go and see some for yourself whenever you visit, we've pulled together a collection of some of our favourites below, along with a free map for you to download.


Mr Screen
You'll find this Sergeant Pepper-style usher near Trinity College Dublin, at the corner of Townsend Street and Hawkins Street. His name is Mr Screen, and he's here to guide moviegoers into The Screen Cinema. This way please.

Mr Screen

Phil Lynott
Located just off Grafton Street (outside Bruxelles Bar on Harry St) is a life-sized bronze statue of the late Irish rock legend, Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott.

It's not the only way that he's commemorated in Dublin - each January, the city hosts an Annual Vibe for Philo memorial gig. But if you can't make it to that, at least stop by his statue to let him know you're back in town.

Phil Lynott

Oscar Wilde
Happily resting in Merrion Square is another of Dublin’s quirky statues - and arguably our most colourful one! It depicts a reclining Oscar Wilde, lying back in the leafy shade as he watches the world go by with a wry smile.

A witty social commentator, playwright and novelist, Wilde spent most of his childhood life living nearby at No. 1 Merrion Square, and is rightly recognised as one of Dublin’s most famous and best-loved literary greats.

Molly Malone
A stroll down Grafton Street in the direction of Trinity College will bring you to what's probably the most famous statue in Dublin - Molly Malone with her cockles and mussels.

Unveiled during our 1988 Millennium celebrations, this statue (known by certain Dublin wits as "The Tart With The Cart") commemorates the subject of the legendary folk song, "Molly Malone".

Theories differ on whether she was real or fictional, but we believe that she actually existed, which is why we celebrate National Molly Malone Day each June 13th (the supposed date of her death in 1699).

Meeting Place
Cross over the Ha'penny Bridge towards Liffey Street Lower and you'll come across the aptly named "Meeting Place" sculpture.

Technically a pair of statues, it shows two ladies taking a break from their shopping on a marble bench and, as we say here in Dublin, having "a good aul' chat"!

If you fancy taking their lead, here's our guide to where to shop while you're in Dublin.

James Joyce
Just off O’Connell Street, you’ll find a statue commemorating one of Dublin’s most famous sons - Mr James Joyce.

There he stands at the top of North Earl Street; legs crossed, leaning on his cane, watching the world go by. A celebration of all things Joycean is held every year on June 16th (the day on which the legendary writer's most famous book 'Ulysses' is set). In reference to the central character, Leopold Bloom, it's known as Bloomsday.

If you've already spotted our quirky statues around the city, feel free to share your snaps with us by using the hashtag #LoveDublin on Twitter or Instagram.

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