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]

Public art in North city centre[edit]

Name Image Location Artist Year Nickname Source
Daniel O'Connell OConnellMonument.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
James Larkin Big-Jim-Larkin.jpg O'Connell Street Oisín Kelly 1977
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
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 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"
Cú Chulainn Cuchulain at GPO.jpg GPO, O'Connell Street
Father Pat Noise memorial FatherPatNoise.jpg O'Connell Bridge [10]
Dublin and Monaghan bombings Memorial Dublin and Monaghan front.png Talbot Street
James Joyce Joyce oconnell dublin.jpg North Earl Street "The Prick with the Stick" [11][12]
Margaret Ball and Francis Taylor Dublin Martyrs by Conall McCabe (2001).jpg Cathedral Street
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
Brendan Behan Royal Canal, Dorset Street
Anna Livia
The River Liffey
Anna Livia, Croppies Memorial Park.jpg Croppies Memorial Park,
previously in O'Connell Street
Éamonn O'Doherty 2011 (1988) "The Floozie in the Jacuzzi"
"The hoor in the Sewer"
James Connolly James Connolly - Dublin statue.JPG Beresford Place Éamonn O'Doherty 1996 [14]
Great Famine
Famine memorial dublin.jpg Custom House Quay Rowan Gillespie 1997 [15]
World Poverty Stone
UN International Day for the Eradication of World Poverty
World Poverty Stone Dublin.jpg Custom House Quay Stuart McGrath 2008 [15]
Universal Links on Human Rights
Jails holding prisoners of conscience
UniversalLinksOfHumanRights.jpg Amiens Street Tony O'Malley 1995 [14]
Two Women The hags with the bags.jpg Lower Liffey Street "Hags with the bags" [12][16]
Custom House Memorial Custom House Memorial Dublin.jpg Memorial Road Yann Goulet 1957
Children of Lir Children of Lir sculpture.jpg Garden of Remembrance,
Parnell Square
Oisín Kelly 1966
Chariot of Life Chariot of Life Irish Life Centre 02.jpg Abbey Street Oisín Kelly 1982
The Wishing Hand 20130807 dublin114.JPG Marlborough Street Linda Brunker 2001 [17]
NC Iris Mayor Square, IFSC Vivienne Roche 2006 [14]
Strong Striking Bear IFSC
Ag Crú na Gréine (cow) Cow sculpture Wolfe Tone Square 02.jpg Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street Jackie McKenna 2003 [18]
Two Children Portland Row

Public art in South city centre[edit]

Name Image Location Artist Year Nickname Source
Thomas Davis Dame Street - Thomas Davis.jpg College Green Edward Delaney 1966
Henry Grattan Bank of Ireland, Dublin. County Dublin, Ireland-LCCN2002717395.jpg College Green John Henry Foley 1876
Thomas Moore Coral and Copper Snow Thomas Moore statue NLI.jpg College Street
Long Stone replica College Street Cliodhna Cussen 1986
Phil Lynott Philip Lynott Dublin Statue.jpg Harry Street "The Ace with the Bass" [19]
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"
William Plunket William Conyngham.jpg Kildare Street
James Joyce James-Joyce-Stephens-Green.jpg St Stephen's Green
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" [24][25][26][27]
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
Constance Markievicz Constance Markiewicz in st stephens green.JPG St Stephen's Green
Great Famine Monument Memorial St. Stephen’s Green Dublin.jpg St Stephen's Green
Fusiliers' Arch
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Fusiliers Arch.JPG St Stephen's Green "Traitors' Gate" [28]
Three Fates Dublin St Stephens Green Three Fates 01.JPG St Stephen's Green
Lady Laura Grattan Font St Stephen's Green North
The Kiss Earlsfort Terrace Rowan Gillespie 1989
Michael Collins Michael Collins - Merrion Square.jpg Merrion Square Park Dick Joynt 1990 [18]
Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde Statue.JPG Merrion Square Park Danny Osborne 1997 "The Quare in the Square"
"The fag on the crag"
"The Queer with the Leer"
Joker's Chair
Dermot Morgan
Dermot Morgan Memorial Chair.jpg Merrion Square Park Catherine Greene 2002 [18]
Éire sculpture Éire sculpture Dublin.jpg Merrion Square Park Jerome Connor 1976
National Memorial to Members
of the Defence Forces
20130810 dublin068.JPG Merrion Square Park Brian King 2008
Leinster Lawn Cenotaph
Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins,
Kevin O'Higgins
Cenetaphleinsterlawn2012.jpg Leinster Lawn,
Leinster House
Prince Albert Statue of Prince Albert outside Leinster House (2009).jpg Leinster Lawn,
Leinster House
Thomas Heazle Parke Thomas Heazle Parke.jpg Natural History Museum,
Merrion Street
Birdy Birdy Rowan Gillespie.jpg Upper Mount Street Rowan Gillespie 1997
Patrick Kavanagh Patrick Kavanagh monument at Grand Canal, Dublin.jpg Grand Canal "The Crank on the Bank"
"Banal at the Canal"
Liberty Scaling the Heights Climbing (6725355761).jpg Grand Canal Street
Constance Markievicz Countessmdublin.JPG Tara Street
Edmund Burke Edmund Burke TCD 02.jpg Trinity College John Henry Foley 1868
Oliver Goldsmith Goldsmith.jpg Trinity College John Henry Foley 1864
William Lecky William Edward Hartpole Lecky Trinity College Dublin.jpg Trinity College
George Salmon George-Salmon-Trinity-2012.JPG Trinity College John Hughes
Campanile Trinity-College-Campanile-Front.JPG Trinity College Charles Lanyon,
Thomas Kirk
Sphere Within Sphere Trinity Pomodoro.jpg Trinity College Arnaldo Pomodoro "The half-eaten Malteser" [30]
Crann an Óir Central Bank of Ireland, Dame Street, Dublin - - 712576.jpg Central Bank, Dame Street Éamonn O'Doherty 1991 [34]
Harmony Pearse Street Sandra Bell 1998 [14]
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
Wood Quay Wood Quay Michael Warren.jpg Wood Quay Michael Warren 2002
Matt Talbot Matt Talbot.JPG Sir John Rogerson's Quay James Power 1988 [14]
Merchant Seamen Memorial Irish Seamens Memorial.png Sir John Rogerson's Quay
Admiral William Brown SEPTEMBER 2007-71 (1347347825).jpg Sir John Rogerson's Quay 2006 [14]
The Linesman Taking the strain - The Linesman sculpture on City Quay - - 1725963.jpg City Quay Dony MacManus 1999 [14]
Padraig Sheahan Memorial Theatre Royal Hawkins Street Dublin 1960s (6898594718).jpg Hawkins Street
Mr. Screen Usher statue - full body.jpg Screen Cinema,
Hawkins Street
Dublin Yeomanry Memorial St. Andrew Street
People's Island (Footprints) Traffic island at junction of
D'Olier Street and Westmoreland Street
Rachel Joynt 1988
Proclamation group
Proclamation of the Irish Republic
Dublin-Proclamation.jpg Kilmainham Gaol Rowan Gillespie 2007

Public art in Northside suburbs[edit]

Name Image Location Artist Year Nickname Source
Wellington Monument Ireland - Dublin - Phoenix Park - Wellington Monument 2.jpg Phoenix Park Robert Smirke 1861
Phoenix Column Phoenix Monument.jpg Phoenix Park 1747
Papal Cross
Pope John Paul II's visit to Ireland
PapalCrossDublin.jpg Phoenix Park 1979
O'Connell Tower Glasnevintower.jpg Glasnevin Cemetery
Double Helix National Botanic Gardens Charles Jencks 2013 [35]
Seán Russell Sean Russell bronze statue.jpg Fairview Park
Realt na Mára
Star of the Sea
North Bull Breakwater, Dollymount, Dublin Ireland - - 314767.jpg North Bull Wall 1972
Dancing Couple
Stardust fire
Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock
Misneach Main Street, Ballymun [36][37]
Windsculpture Windsculpture 1988 Eamon O'Doherty.jpg Clontarf Road / Alfie Byrne Road Eamon O'Doherty 1988
Howth Fishermens'
Association Memorial
Howth Memorial - - 35516.jpg Howth Harbour 1994 [38]
Realt na Mára Howth port plaisance.JPG Howth Pier 2013 [38]
Spirit of the Air The Dublin Airport Roundabout - - 1752447.jpg Dublin Airport roundabout Richard Enda King 1991

Public art in Southside suburbs[edit]

Name Image Location Artist Year Nickname Source
Reflections Bank of Ireland HQ Baggot Street.JPG Bank of Ireland HQ, Baggot Street Michael Bulfin 1978 [39]
Freedom AIB Bank Centre.JPG AIB Bank Centre, Merrion Road Alexandra Wejchert [40]
Statue of a fiddler
and three children dancing
Stillorgan Shopping Centre Imogen Stuart [41]
Noah's Egg Noahs Egg by Rachel Joynt.jpg Veterinary building, UCD Rachel Joynt 2004
Mothership Glasthule workOfArt with James Joyce Tower.JPG Glasthule Rachel Joynt 1999
An Cailín Bán "An Cailin Ban" by the Mexican artist Sebastian - Sandymount Strand (6050705889).jpg Sandymount Strand Sebastian 2002
Blackrock Dolmen IMG BlackrockDolmen1871s.jpg Blackrock Rowan Gillespie 1987
Queen Victoria Fountain Victoria Fountain, Dun Laoghaire - - 332170.jpg Dún Laoghaire
George IV Obelisk Dun laoghaire obelisk.jpg Dún Laoghaire 1823 [42]
Christ the King Dun Laoghaire (3281539660).jpg Dún Laoghaire Andrew O'Connor 1978 [42]

Past public art[edit]

Name Image Location Artist Notes Nickname Source
George II St Stephen's Green Blown up in 1937 [43]
William of Orange King William Statue 1.jpg College Green Grinling Gibbons Blown up in 1946
Sir Philip Crampton Sir Philip Crampton's memorial in Dublin Wellcome L0002903.jpg College Street John Kirk Erected in 1862, removed in 1959. "The Water-babe"
"The cauliflower"
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" [45][46][47]
Nelson's Pillar XXI OCTOBER MDCCCV (8636135413).jpg O'Connell Street Thomas Kirk Erected in 1809, blown up in 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" [48][49]
Gough Monument Phoenix Park John Henry Foley Badly damaged by a bomb in 1957 [37][50]
Millennium Clock River Liffey Removed in 1999 "The Chime in the Slime"
"The Clock in the Dock"


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  50. ^ 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