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. Dublin is particularly well known for nicknaming some of its monuments.[1][2][3][4][5]

List of public art[edit]

Image Title / individual commemorated Location Artist Year Nickname Source
Docstatue.JPG Daniel O'Connell O'Connell Street John Henry Foley
Memorial to Charles Parnell.jpg Charles Stewart Parnell O'Connell Street Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Sir John Gray.JPG Sir John Gray O'Connell Street
Big-Jim-Larkin.jpg James Larkin O'Connell Street Oisín Kelly 1977
Father Mathew Statue O'Connell Street.JPG Theobald Mathew O'Connell Street
William Smith O'Brien (Statue).JPG William Smith O'Brien O'Connell Street
E4324-Spire-of-Dublin.jpg Spire of Dublin O'Connell Street Ian Ritchie Architects 2003 "The Stiletto in the Ghetto"
"The Syringe in The Binge"
"The Nail in The Pale"
"The Pin in The Bin"
"The Bertie Pole"
"The Spire in The Mire"
"The Pole in The Hole"
"The Rod to God"
Cuchulain at GPO.jpg Cú Chulainn GPO, O'Connell Street
FatherPatNoise.jpg Father Pat Noise memorial O'Connell Bridge [10]
Dublin and Monaghan front.png Dublin and Monaghan bombings Memorial Talbot Street
Joyce oconnell dublin.jpg James Joyce North Earl Street "The Prick with the Stick" [11][12]
Margaret Ball.jpg Margaret Ball and Francis Taylor Cathedral Street
Thomas Davis College Green Edward Delaney 1966
Cg1924 1.jpg Henry Grattan College Green John Henry Foley 1876
Edmund Burke College Green John Henry Foley 1868
TommyMoore5016w.jpg Thomas Moore College Street
Philip Lynott Dublin Statue.jpg Phil Lynott Harry Street "The Ace with the Bass" [13]
James Connolly - Dublin statue.JPG James Connolly Beresford Place Éamonn O'Doherty 1996 [14]
Molly malone grafton street-edit.jpg Molly Malone 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"
William Conyngham.jpg William Plunket Kildare Street
James-Joyce-Stephens-Green.jpg James Joyce St Stephen's Green
Lord Ardilaun Sir Arthur Edward Guinness (Close Up).jpg Lord Ardilaun St Stephen's Green
WolfeToneStatue.JPG Wolfe Tone St Stephen's Green Edward Delaney 1967 "Tonehenge" [19][20][21][22]
Robert Emmet, Stephens Green, Dublin.jpg Robert Emmet St Stephen's Green
Thomas M. Kettle memorial in St. Stephen's Green park, Dublin, Ireland.jpg Tom Kettle St Stephen's Green
O'Donovan Rossa, St Stephen's Green Dublin.jpg Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa St Stephen's Green
Constance Markiewicz in st stephens green.JPG Constance Markievicz St Stephen's Green
Memorial St. Stephen’s Green Dublin.jpg Great Famine Monument St Stephen's Green
Fusiliers Arch.JPG Fusiliers' Arch
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
St Stephen's Green "Traitors' Gate" [23]
Three Fates St Stephen's Green
Lady Laura Grattan Font St Stephen's Green North
Michael Collins - Merrion Square.jpg Michael Collins Merrion Square Park
Oscar Wilde Statue.JPG Oscar Wilde Merrion Square Park "The Quare in the Square"
"The fag on the crag"
"The Queer with the Leer"
Dermot Morgan Memorial Chair.jpg Joker's Chair
Dermot Morgan
Merrion Square Park
Éire sculpture Dublin.jpg Éire sculpture Merrion Square Park Jerome Connor 1976
National Memorial to Members
of the Defence Forces
Merrion Square Park Brian King 2008
Cenetaphleinsterlawn2012.jpg Leinster Lawn Cenotaph
Leinster Lawn, Leinster House [27]
Statue of Prince Albert outside Leinster House (2009).jpg Prince Albert Leinster Lawn, Leinster House
Patrick Kavanagh monument at Grand Canal, Dublin.jpg Patrick Kavanagh Grand Canal "The Crank on the Bank"
"Banal at the Canal"
Liberty scaling the heights.jpg Liberty Scaling the Heights Grand Canal Street
Countessmdublin.JPG Constance Markievicz Tara Street
Goldsmith.jpg Oliver Goldsmith Trinity College John Henry Foley 1864
William Edward Hartpole Lecky Trinity College Dublin.jpg William Lecky Trinity College
George-Salmon-Trinity-2012.JPG George Salmon Trinity College John Hughes
Trinity-College-Campanile-Front.JPG Campanile Trinity College Charles Lanyon, Thomas Kirk 1853
Trinity Pomodoro.jpg Sphere Within Sphere Trinity College Arnaldo Pomodoro "The half-eaten Malteser" [25]
Central Bank of Ireland, Dame Street, Dublin - - 712576.jpg Crann an Óir Central Bank, Dame Street Éamonn O'Doherty 1991 [29]
Harmony Pearse Street Sandra Bell 1998 [14]
Dublin St. Patrick's Cathedral Statue of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness 2012 09 26.jpg Benjamin Guinness St Patrick's cathedral John Henry Foley 1875
Dublin St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral North Aisle Monument Daniel Murray by Sir Thomas Farrell 1855 Detail 2012 09 28.jpg Daniel Murray St Mary's Pro-Cathedral
Brendan Behan Royal Canal, Dorset Street
Anna Livia, Croppies Memorial Park.jpg Anna Livia
The River Liffey
Croppies Memorial Park,
previously in O'Connell Street
Éamonn O'Doherty 2011 (1988) "The Floozie in the Jacuzzi"
"The hoor in the Sewer"
Ireland - Dublin - Phoenix Park - Wellington Monument 2.jpg Wellington Monument Phoenix Park Robert Smirke 1861
Phoenix Monument.jpg Phoenix Column Phoenix Park 1747
PapalCrossDublin.jpg Papal Cross
Pope John Paul II's visit to Ireland
Phoenix Park 1979
Matt Talbot.JPG Matt Talbot Sir John Rogerson's Quay James Power 1988 [14]
Irish Seamens Memorial.png Merchant Seamen Memorial Sir John Rogerson's Quay
SEPTEMBER 2007-71 (1347347825).jpg Admiral William Brown Sir John Rogerson's Quay 2006 [14]
The Linesman City Quay Dony MacManus 1999 [14]
Famine memorial dublin.jpg Famine
Great Famine
Custom House Quay Rowan Gillespie 1997 [31]
World Poverty Stone
UN International Day for the Eradication of World Poverty
Custom House Quay Stuart McGrath 2008 [31]
Proclamation group RK.jpg Proclamation group
Proclamation of the Irish Republic
Kilmainham Gaol Rowan Gillespie 2007
UniversalLinksOfHumanRights.jpg Universal Links on Human Rights
Jails holding prisoners of conscience
Amiens Street Tony O'Malley 1995 [14]
The hags with the bags.jpg Two Women Lower Liffey Street "Hags with the bags" [12][32]
Battle of the Custom House Memorial Road
Children of Lir sculpture.jpg Children of Lir Garden of Remembrance,
Parnell Square
Oisín Kelly 1966
Chariot of Life Abbey Street Oisín Kelly 1982
Padraig Sheahan Memorial Hawkins Street
Usher statue - full body.jpg Mr. Screen Screen Cinema, Hawkins Street
Dublin Yeomanry Memorial St. Andrew Street
A Cow Jervis Street
Two Children Portland Row
A Hand Marlborough Street
People's Island (Footprints) Traffic island at junction of
D'Olier Street and Westmoreland Street
Rachel Joynt 1988
NC Iris Mayor Square, IFSC Vivienne Roche 2006 [14]
Strong Striking Bear IFSC
Glasnevintower.jpg O'Connell Tower Glasnevin Cemetery
Sean Russell bronze statue.jpg Seán Russell Fairview Park
Dancing Couple
Stardust fire
Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock
Misneach Main Street, Ballymun [33][34]
Statue of a fiddler and three children dancing Stillorgan Shopping Centre Imogen Stuart [35]
Noahs Egg by Rachel Joynt.jpg Noah's Egg Veterinary building, UCD Rachel Joynt 2004
Glasthule workOfArt with James Joyce Tower.JPG Mothership Glasthule Rachel Joynt 1999
An Cailín Bán Sandymount Strand
IMG BlackrockDolmen1871s.jpg Blackrock Dolmen Blackrock Rowan Gillespie 1987
Queen Victoria Fountain Dún Laoghaire

Past public art[edit]

Image Title / individual commemorated Location Artist Notes Nickname Source
George II St Stephen's Green Blown up 1937 [36]
Dublin, King Billy1.jpg William of Orange College Green Grinling Gibbons Blown up 1946
Queen Victoria "visits" Library Towers (8409924813).jpg Queen Victoria Merrion Square John Hughes Erected in 1904. Removed in 1947, put on display in Sydney, Australia in 1987. "The auld bitch" [37][38][39]
GPONELSON.jpg Nelson's Pillar O'Connell Street Thomas Kirk Blown up 1966
William Blakeney O'Connell Street John Nost Erected in 1759. Removed in 1808
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" [40][41]
Gough Monument Phoenix Park John Henry Foley Badly damaged by a bomb in 1957 [34][42]
Millennium Clock River Liffey Removed 1999 "The Chime in the Slime"
"The Clock in the Dock"


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  2. ^ a b c Schwangere Auster und Hohler Zahn: 555 Gebäudebeinamen und was dahinter steckt, 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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  33. ^ Statue of a young girl on horseback, with the girl modelled on Ballymun teenager Toni Marie Shields
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  35. ^ Photo
  36. ^ Photo
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  39. ^ "Queen Victoria Facts and Trivia". Queen Victoria Online. 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
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  41. ^ Photo: Flowerbed
  42. ^ 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.

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Coordinates: 53°20′46″N 6°15′25″W / 53.34611°N 6.25702°W / 53.34611; -6.25702