List of public art in Dublin

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This is a list of public art on permanent public display in Dublin, Ireland. The list applies only to works of public art accessible in a public space; it does not include artwork on display inside museums. Public art may include sculptures, statues, monuments, memorials, murals and mosaics.

Public art in Dublin is a significant feature of the cityscape. 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. Some of the city's monuments have well-known nicknames.[1][2][3][4][5]

List of statues (people)[edit]

Name Image Location Artist Year Nickname Source
Daniel O'Connell Docstatue.JPG O'Connell Street John Henry Foley
Charles Stewart Parnell Memorial to Charles Parnell.jpg O'Connell Street Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Sir John Gray Sir John Gray.JPG O'Connell Street
Jim Larkin Big-Jim-Larkin.jpg O'Connell Street
Theobald Mathew Father Mathew Statue O'Connell Street.JPG O'Connell Street
William Smith O'Brien William Smith O'Brien (Statue).JPG O'Connell Street
Cú Chulainn Cuchulain at GPO.jpg GPO, O'Connell Street
Margaret Ball and Francis Taylor Margaret Ball.jpg Cathedral Street
Thomas Davis College Green Edward Delaney 1966
Henry Grattan Cg1924 1.jpg College Green
Edmund Burke College Green
Thomas Moore TommyMoore5016w.jpg College Street
Phil Lynott Philip Lynott Dublin Statue.jpg Harry Street "The Ace with the Bass" [6]
James Joyce Joyce oconnell dublin.jpg Statue in North Earl Street "The Prick with the Stick" [7][8]
James-Joyce-Stephens-Green.jpg Bust in St Stephen's Green
James Connolly James Connolly - Dublin statue.JPG Beresford Place
Molly Malone Molly malone grafton street-edit.jpg Suffolk Street,
previously Grafton Street
"The Tart with the Cart"
"The Dish with the Fish"
"The Dolly with the Trolley"
"The Trollop with the Scallops"
Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde Statue.JPG Merrion Square Park "The Quare in the Square"
"The fag on the crag"
"The Queer with the Leer"
William Plunket William Conyngham.jpg Kildare Street
Lord Ardilaun Lord Ardilaun Sir Arthur Edward Guinness (Close Up).jpg St Stephen's Green
Wolfe Tone WolfeToneStatue.JPG St Stephen's Green Edward Delaney 1967 "Tonehenge" [17][18][19][20]
Robert Emmet Robert Emmet, Stephens Green, Dublin.jpg St Stephen's Green
Tom Kettle Thomas M. Kettle memorial in St. Stephen's Green park, Dublin, Ireland.jpg St Stephen's Green
Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa O'Donovan Rossa, St Stephen's Green Dublin.jpg St Stephen's Green
Michael Collins Michael Collins - Merrion Square.jpg St Stephen's Green
Patrick Kavanagh Patrick Kavanagh monument at Grand Canal, Dublin.jpg The Grand Canal "The Crank on the Bank"
"Banal at the Canal"
Constance Markievicz Countessmdublin.JPG Statue in Tara Street
Constance Markiewicz in st stephens green.JPG Bust in St Stephen's Green
Oliver Goldsmith Goldsmith.jpg Trinity College
William Lecky William Edward Hartpole Lecky Trinity College Dublin.jpg Trinity College
George Salmon George-Salmon-Trinity-2012.JPG Trinity College John Hughes
Benjamin Guinness Dublin St. Patrick's Cathedral Statue of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness 2012 09 26.jpg St Patrick's cathedral John Henry Foley 1875
Daniel Murray Dublin St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral North Aisle Monument Daniel Murray by Sir Thomas Farrell 1855 Detail 2012 09 28.jpg St Mary's Pro-Cathedral
Seán Russell Sean Russell bronze statue.jpg Fairview Park
Brendan Behan Royal Canal, Upper Dorset Street
Matt Talbot Matt Talbot.JPG Sir John Rogerson's Quay
Prince Albert Leinster Lawn

List of monuments and sculptures[edit]

Name Image Location Artist Year Nickname Source
Anna Livia Anna Livia, Croppies Memorial Park.jpg Croppies Memorial Park,
previously in O'Connell Street
"The Floozie in the Jacuzzi"
"The hoor in the Sewer"
Sphere Within Sphere Trinity Pomodoro.jpg Trinity College The half-eaten Malteser [15]
Joker's Chair,
Dermot Morgan memorial
Dermot Morgan Memorial Chair.jpg Merrion Square Park
Wellington Monument Ireland - Dublin - Phoenix Park - Wellington Monument 2.jpg Phoenix Park Robert Smirke 1861
Phoenix Monument Phoenix Monument.jpg Phoenix Park
Papal Cross PapalCrossDublin.jpg Phoenix Park 1979
Two Women Lower Liffey Street "The Hags with the Bags" [24][8]
An Cailín Bán Sandymount Strand
Spire of Dublin E4324-Spire-of-Dublin.jpg O'Connell Street Ian Ritchie Architects 2003 "The Stiletto in the Ghetto"
"The Syringe in The Binge"
"The Pin in The Bin"
"The Bertie Pole"
"The Spire in The Mire"
"The Pole in The Hole"
Queen Victoria Fountain Dún Laoghaire
O'Connell Tower Glasnevintower.jpg Glasnevin Cemetery
Battle of the Custom House Memorial Road
Liberty Scaling the Heights Liberty scaling the heights.jpg Grand Canal Street
Famine Monument Custom House Quay
Children of Lir Children of Lir sculpture.jpg Garden of Remembrance,
Parnell Square
Chariot of Life Abbey Street
Éire sculpture Merrion Square Park [29]
Padraig Sheahan Memorial Hawkins Street
Dublin Yeomanry Memorial St. Andrew Street
Fusiliers' Arch Fusiliers Arch.JPG St Stephen's Green "Traitors' Gate" [30][31]
Lady Laura Grattan Font St Stephen's Green North
Three Fates St Stephen's Green
Merchant Seamen Memorial Irish Seamens Memorial.png Sir John Rogerson's Quay
Dublin and Monaghan Bombings Memorial Dublin and Monaghan front.png Talbot Street
Dancing Couple Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock
The NCIris Mayor Square, IFSC
Misneach Main Street, Ballymun [32][33][34]

Other notable public art[edit]

Name Image Location Artist Year Nickname Source
Mr. Screen Usher statue - full body.jpg Screen Cinema, Hawkins Street [35]
Strong Striking Bear IFSC
A Cow Jervis Street
Two Children Portland Row
A Hand Marlborough Street
Statue of a fiddler and three children dancing Stillorgan Shopping Centre [36]
Father Pat Noise memorial O'Connell Bridge [37][38]
Footprints Traffic island at junction of
D'Olier Street and Westmoreland Street
Smithfield Village Chimney Smithfield "The Flue with the View" [21]

Past statues and monuments[edit]

Name Image Location Artist Notes Nickname Source
George II St Stephen's Green Blown up 1937 [39]
William of Orange Dublin, King Billy1.jpg College Green Grinling Gibbons Blown up 1946 [40]
Queen Victoria Queen Victoria "visits" Library Towers (8409924813).jpg Merrion Square John Hughes Erected in 1904. Removed in 1947, put on display in Sydney, Australia in 1987. "The auld bitch" [41][42][43]
Bowl of Light O'Connell Bridge Thrown into the Liffey in 1953.
Replaced with a flowerbed nicknamed "The Thing".
"The Tomb of the Unknown Gurrier" [44][45]
Gough Monument Phoenix Park John Henry Foley Badly damaged by a bomb in 1957 [46][47][34]
Nelson's Pillar GPONELSON.jpg O'Connell Street Thomas Kirk Blown up 1966 [48]
Millennium Clock River Liffey Removed 1999 "The Chime in the Slime"
"The Clock in the Dock"
William Blakeney O'Connell Street John Nost Erected in 1759. Removed in 1808


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  2. ^ In keiner anderen Stadt gibt es mehr Monumentebeinamen. Allein der Dublin Spire hat ein Dutzend Beinamen in Reimform, p. 70, at Google Books
  3. ^ Dubliners have cultivated the slightly cutesy habit of giving abusive rhyming nicknames to the city's sculptures, p. 4, at Google Books
  4. ^ No piece of public statuary can be said to have entered Irish public consciousness without being christened with a derisive rhyming nickname, p. 155, at Google Books
  5. ^ Les Dublinois ont beaucoup d'humour et prennent un malin plaisir à affubler les statues et les monuments de leur ville avec des sobriquets souvent comiques et parfois assez trash, p. 163, at Google Books
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  28. ^ Children of Lir
  29. ^ Photo
  30. ^ Irish War Memorials
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  32. ^ Statue of a young girl on horseback, with the girl modelled on Ballymun teenager Toni Marie Shields
  33. ^ "Misneach: A Monumental Celebration of Youth",
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  35. ^ Mr. Screen in Google Street View. Retrieved: 10 January 2012.
  36. ^ Photo
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  38. ^ Photo
  39. ^ Photo
  40. ^ Photo
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  45. ^ Photo: Flowerbed
  46. ^ Photo
  47. ^ Bought by a member of the Guinness family from the Office of Public Works. It was loaned to Humphrey Wakefield of Chillingham Castle. It is on loan until the people of Ireland want it returned.Chillingham Castle.
  48. ^ Photo

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