Lady parts!?


Chancery Street, Dublin.

Harry Warren writes:

Broadsheet readers may find this art project of interest. A modern Sheela-Na-Gig. Project Sheela is a “street art project founded by two Dublin based artists to celebrate, commemorate and commiserate with the history of women’s rights and female sexuality in Ireland. Sheela Na Gigs are medieval stone carvings of naked women displaying their vulva, they are found all over Europe, with most being found in Ireland. In modern times Sheela has come to represent female empowerment and strength.”

This (above) is an original medieval Sheela-Na-Gig I previously photographed some years ago in the ruins of Fore Abbey, County Westmeath.

Pics by Harry Warren

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26 thoughts on “G’day Sheela

      1. Janet, chatty mammy

        if you think about how dangerous childbirth was and how death around it must have touched so many, bet your botty you’d be praying for a nice wide exit

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      ::Crosses fingers that there’s one within 5k::

      There isn’t, but thanks for the list.

    1. Otis Blue

      An Interesting read.

      One of the photo’s used in the article is of a Sheela in Fethard Co. Tipperary, one of Ireland’s oldest walled towns. It’s off the beaten track but it’s a fascinating place to wander around. Lots of antiquity and if you’re into the horses you can visit Coolmore Stud up the road. Theres a couple of very decent places to eat in the town as well.

      1. Janet, chatty mammy

        thanks for that, I don’t think I have ever been to Tipp, better put it on the list :)

        1. Janet, chatty mammy

          I’d say that was deadly all right, god I miss live music,
          I had the wee one doing her tummy time to The Cure yesterday ;)

  1. paul

    there’s one on the old Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street too, I pass it every day on my way to the train. It’s modern enough I think.

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