The Bronze statues of Dublin City.

Dublin, as with many capitals, has its fair share of bronze statues but considering the nature of Dublin’s recent turbulent history they certainly have a certain degree of greater resonance. Bronze is the perfect medium for an artist to use as it is easy to mould and has great resistance to the elements. Bronze Wildlife Sculptures for example, like the ones created by https://www.gillparker. 

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In the city of Dublin there are many fantastic examples of the art. For example on the main street of the City O’Connell Street there is the man himself Daniel O’Connell. He is a hero for the country, campaigning for Catholics to be allowed to sit in the Houses of Parliament, back when Ireland was a part of the United Kingdom.  He stands overlooking the Liffey River at the South end of the street. Beneath him are the gratefully masses and some Angels pondering the future. The other great man on the street is that of Jim Larkin. He stands arms raised as the hero of the Irish republican and Labour movement.

In the General Post office sits the mighty hero Cú Chulainn. He is the slayer of the great dog Culann and is known for his terrible war frenzies or Warp Spasms where he was filled with a blood lust and unable to tell friend from foe. On the Custom house quay there is a very serious piece that depicts the Potato famine. It is harrowing scene of emaciated people, suffering terribly carrying children desperate for food. This is a period of history that is still felt extremely deeply by the people of Ireland.

James Joyce stands on North Earl Street watching the people walk by in the city that he loved and what he wanted to preserve in Ulysses, one of the most ground-breaking novels ever written. He is not alone in being the only literal figure as in Parnell Square we see the Children of Lir desperately trying to not be transformed into Swans as they are in this ancient Irish Fairy tale. In Trinity College there is the modern Father of Conservatism Edmund Burke who wrote a treatise on the French Revolution but there are many more as with St Stephens Green which is rich area for statues one of the most prominent being the three fates the weavers of tales and the fates of men.

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This is but a taste of the types available, but a great modern example is that of the great Phil Lynott on Harry Street a place that he loved to frequent. All are worth a visit.

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