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The O'Connell Monument, Dublin

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  • Large structure in the middle of a Main Street. Key figure in the liberation of Ireland. Worth a quick stop. Man was much more important than the statue itself. 
  • Boring monument. Should be broken down, really. Is just standing in our way, not allowing visitors to enjoy the true view on Dublin. 
  • Majestic and great statue of a famous man of Ireland. It is hard to miss since it sits in the middle of the street. Easy to see from all sides. 
  • Built to commemorate the “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) after whom the street was renamed after independence. The O’Connell monument was erected after a subscription list was opened in 1862. Two years later a competition was announced but none of the entries met with the approval of the committee. After a second failure through competition, it was decided to ask John Henry Foley (1818-74), the leading sculptor of the day and who was then working on the Albert Memorial in London. He died before it was completed and his assistant finished the work. The monument is in three parts, surmounted by the figure of O’Connell. The base is heavy limestone with four winged figures representing Patriotism, Fidelity, Courage and Eloquence. Above this is a drum surrounded by figures representing O’Connell’s labours and triumphs.
  • Nice symbol of Irish history. An interesting history of an amazing man. Worth a look while passing by. Keep an eye out for it. Fascinating how few actually notice the statue. Another interesting thing to look out for while passing.
  • This is a statue of a guy named O'Connell, which, somewhat ironically, is also on O'Connell street. The statue is made of metal, very sturdy, and provides great refuge for the local pigeon population. I visit here quite regularly, and sometimes chat with the statue about how my day has gone and we watch the sunset together while we reminisce about the good old days.
  • A focal point when in the wide bridge area, the statue of O'Connell catches afternoon light very well and makes a great meeting place. It still bars the battle scars of the Easter Rising and War of Independence.
  • A commemorative monument to one of Irish heroes Daniel O'Connell. Grand and noble statue.
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