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 John Hogan’s statue of Daniel O’Connell outside City Hall, Dublin in 1868. It is now housed in the building’s rotunda




This afternoon.

The O’Connell Plinth, City Hall, Dublin 2.


Dublin artist Alan Phelan was last year commissioned by Dublin City Council to create a sculpture for the granite plinth on Dame Street that once supported a statue of Daniel O’Connell. The plinth, while still inscribed with the name of the great Irish politician, has been vacant since the statue was moved inside City Hall 150 years ago.

Phelan won the €50,000 Sculpture Dublin commission for his piece called RGB Sconce, a 5m tall red, green and blue “sconce” – a type of candle holder –“referencing stucco plasterwork and Georgian architecture, and symbolising hope in the form of a torch or eternal flame,” the council said.

It’s progress, philistine.

Brexit glue tariffs delay production of Dublin sculpture for outside City Hall (irish Times, April 5, 2021)

Pics by Przemyslaw Zbieron

Top pic via National Library of Ireland


Rob Cross writes:

My restored and colourised c1882 photo featuring The “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell statue on Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) . On August 6th, 1775 he was born in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry…

Derrynane House, Iveragh Peninsula, Co. Kerry (the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell)

Bernard Dooley responds:

I was here yesterday!. What a beautiful house, gardens and beach…

Derrynane House


On the 173rd anniversary of his death (today).

Finally emancipated from black and white.

Old Ireland in Colour writes:

…we bring Daniel O’Connell to life.

Combining AI techniques with human creativity to reimagine the Liberator, including: Colourising the only surviving photo of O’Connell; Animating portraits and Making him ‘talk’


Excellent O’Connell thread here.


This time it’s personal.

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum writes:

This SUNDAY sees Glasnevin Cemetery Museum mark the 200th Anniversary of Daniel O’Connell & John Norcott d’Esterre‘s duel in which O’Connell fatally wounded d’Esterre. We have a re-enactment of this historic event this Sunday at 2.30pm…Not to be missed!

Glasnevin Trust