Balls Of Fury

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1 2King George II, in happier times (top) and unhorsed in 1937 (above)

Of the horse…

only the ‘lads’ remain.

Scaldbrother writes:

The equestrian statute of George II in Stephen’s Green [Dublin] was blown up on this day in 1937.  The two large orbs, representing the horse’s testicles and separated from the rest of the beast by the blast, apparently survive. You’re welcome…

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22 thoughts on “Balls Of Fury

    1. Jess

      The wellington monument? They tried but its too big. I like it personally, I don’t like wellington as a figure but its good to have some reminder of the imperialist past. I’d have a problem if we still had the column, william of orange, queen vic and king georgey, but one or two is grand

      1. Sinabhfuil

        Wellington wasn’t bad at all, very hot for Catholic emancipation, for instance, which was a matter of justice in his time. I love the Wellington Testimonial, as a landmark, and for its use by the mothers of small boys telling them that it’s a monument to the man with the biggest mickey in Ireland.

  1. Just sayin'

    I’m just wondering why he was still there 15 years after independence. I guess the people of South Dublin missed their monarchy.

  2. leesider

    Are there many statues left around the country which pre-date us getting our independence – kings and queens of england etc. Outside of our painting over the english royal symbol on lots of post boxes, how many of these survive? Are there are any red phonebooths left in the country?

    Nelson was blown up in the late 60s, what other symbols were blown up?

    1. Jess

      William of Orange outside bank of Ireland on dame street and one of Lord Gough in the phoenix park. There was also an attack on the Daniel O’connell statue by the UVF in 1969

    2. Mani

      There was a statue of Cromwell fingering a Bishop, on the South Mall. Sadly removed in the 50’s.

    3. Kolmo

      In Dún Laoghaire (Kingstown…chuckle.) a number of locals recently reinstated a Queen Victoria Fountain thingy to highlight, eh..not sure exactly what it is they want to highlight, maybe.a Head of State that oversaw the deaths of a million and willful displacement of millions more through criminal mismanagement, not just in her nearest colony, but loads of places around the world she felt like absorbing into her ‘commonwealth’…but all that is all very impolite to bring up

  3. DD

    A bronze statue of Victoria was removed from the grounds of Leinster House and hidden away in Kilmainham until being ‘gifted’ to Australia in the 1980s.

    Should have been melted down.

    1. Sinabhfuil

      That statue of Queen Victoria was so ugly that it was known in both England and Ireland as “Ireland’s Revenge”.

  4. Bejaziz

    I used to think the Journal was bad for its comments section, bunch of fupping divs on here too its seems

    1. Supercrazyprices

      Oh so you like adoring royalty and oppressive regimes do you?

      Must be a true royal blue Fine Gaeler are you?

      1. Kieran NYC

        It’s our history. We should probably come to terms with it and not try and wallpaper over it.

  5. Clo

    There was another statue of George II on Grand Parade in Cork. It wasn’t well subscribed, so when it came to casting the horse, the money had run out. Apparently the horse was made out of plaster and painted yellow – giving the Irish name of the street, Sráid an Chapaill Bhuí. Over time, the plaster deteriorated and became unstable and the whole lot was eventually pushed into the river.

    1. yrtnuocecnareviled

      : D

      Worst
      King
      Evar

      “For two centuries after George II’s death, history tended to view him with disdain, concentrating on his mistresses, short temper and boorishness. Since then, most scholars have re-assessed his legacy and conclude that he held and exercised influence in foreign policy and military appointments.”

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