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  • Meeting Place

    Meeting Place

    At the North end of the Ha'Penny Bridge, the Meeting Place is affectionately nicknamed ‘the Hags with the Bags’ by the locals. Sculpted by Jackie McKenna, it was unveiled in 1988, the year of Dublin’s Millennium celebrations.

  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde

    The great writer was celebrated for his devil-may-care attitude to life and that’s captured in Danny Osborne’s much-loved statue. Oscar reclines on a quartz boulder - sourced in the Wicklow Mountain - and decorated with colourful semi-precious stone. It was unveiled in 1997.

  • James Connolly

    James Connolly

    The Scottish born James Connolly was many things in his lifetime. However, he is best remembered as the inspirational Commandant of the Dublin Brigade during the 1916 Easter Rising. He is revered for his commitment to raising the standard of living for those in impoverished conditions. His statue is located beneath the imposing Loopline rail Bridge near the Customs House, and is one of the Talking Statues of Dublin.

  • Cú Chulainn

    Cú Chulainn

    The General Post Office (GPO) that housed the rebels during the 1916 Rising is a suitably grand public space to show Oliver Sheppard’s 1935 statue, The Death of Cú Chulainn. It is now a Talking Statue which works via your phone. It symbolises the dauntless courage and abiding constancy of our people.

  • Molly Malone

    Molly Malone

    The Molly Malone statue is located in Suffolk Street, a short distance from Trinity College. Molly Malone was a semi historical, semi-legendary figure who was commemorated in the song 'Cockles and Mussels', a Dublin anthem.

  • George Salmon

    George Salmon

    George Salmon was professor of mathematics for many years as well as a Church of Ireland rector. He was provost of Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College Dublin, during its tri-centenary celebrations in 1892. He is one of the Talking Statues of Dublin.

  • James Joyce

    James Joyce

    James Joyce was an internationally renowned Irish novelist and poet. There are plaques dedicated to him throughout Dublin on Clanbrassil Street, in Chapelizod, Ormond Quay and Merrion Square Gardens. The Martello Tower in Sandycove is a museum dedicated to his memory. His statue on North Earl Street is one of the signature sights of Dublin.

  • Wolfe Tone

    Wolfe Tone

    Theodore Wolfe Tone rose to become the leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion, and is widely regarded as the father of Irish republicanism. The great revolutionary is immortalised in rousing song and in Edward Delaney’s magnificent 1964 statue at the entrance to St Stephen's Green.

  • George Bernard Shaw

    George Bernard Shaw

    George Bernard Shaw was sculpted by his great friend, Paolo Troubetzkoy. Shaw’s famous words about the importance of art feature on the wall behind, appropriate considering the statue's position in front of the National Art gallery at the Clare St entrance. It is one of the Talking Statues in Dublin.

  • James Larkin

    James Larkin

    Jim Larkin was one of Ireland’s greatest champions of workers’ rights and he was present during the 1913 Strike and Lockout. Oisin Kelly’s 1980 statue sees the great trade unionist in typically combative mode.

  • Daniel O'Connell - Fidelity - O'Connell Monument

    Daniel O'Connell - Fidelity - O'Connell Monument

    Known as the 'Liberator', Daniel O'Connell was born in Carhan, Caherciveen in 1775. After securing the passage of the Catholic Emancipation Act in 1829, he was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin. There are numerous memorials to him around Dublin City. The angels represent Patriotism, Courage, Eloquence and Fidelity, who has her own story to tell as a Talking Statue.