Monthly Archives: February 2012

Nicknames for Dublin Statues and monuments

Recently the sculpture of Anna Livia designed by Eamonn O’Doherty has found a new home facing the Ashling hotel near Heuston station. It reminded me of some of the nicknames for it and others attached to various statues dotted around the city.  The excellent storymap video details some of these funny tags but some I can think of that are not included are:

Anna Livia: the whore in the sewer.

The Monument of Light(yep, real name for the Spire/Spike!): 1. The pin in the bin.  2. The stiffey at the Liffey 3. The stump in the dump 4. The poker near Croker

Molly Malone: 1. The trollop with the scallop. 2 The dish with the fish. 3. The flirt in the skirt.

Patrick Kavanagh: Banal at the canal.

If you think of any not included here or in the video do please contact me and I’ll put them up. Honourable mention to the nickname for the Dublin port tunnel, “the hole to the toll”.

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Richmond Tower, Kilmainham Hospital

I always direct tourists looking for Kilmainham Gaol to take the more scenic route via the historic grounds of the old Royal Hospital. At the western entrance across from Kilmainham courthouse and gaol stands the impressive entrance, Richmond Tower. This structure was initially stationed at the foot of Watling Street bridge(or Rory O’More bridge,  Victoria Bridge, Eucharist Bridge, Congress bridge, Bloody bridge etc., take your pick!). Built in 1812 and designed by the architect Francis Johnston(1760-1829), it remained at the foot of Watling Street until the opening of Kingsbridge(Heuston) station and the southern railway in 1846. It was decided that due to increased traffic to remove the bridge to its present location at the expense of the railway. The tower includes the coat of arms of the Earl of Richmond and the Earl of Harrington but there was a curious discovery of another set of armoreal bearings! The architect Johnston had secretly incorporated his own family coat of arms behind a wooden box that was painted in colour to match, in the hope that in time they would be revealed as the wood would eventually rot. The Royal Hospital immediately requested a coat of arms promised to them by Sir William Betham(Ulster King-at-arms) and these were in place from 1847.

ref: http://hdl.handle.net/10599/3635

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