Category Archives: Photography
through the past few days:
I hope you enjoyed walking along with me. You can click to enlarge any of the photos
Con Houlihan ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~ Unknown to me.
Con Houlihan was one of Ireland’s premier sportswriters. He was often described as ‘writer, journalist, philosopher, raconteur, Gaelic scholar and gentleman, he entertained his readers with some fantastic writing.
This sculpture was erected in the vestibule of The Bank Bar & Restaurant on College Green, in Dublin.
In a brief eulogy at the end of the funeral service, Ray Hennessy, a friend of the journalist, described Con Houlihan (1925 – 2012) as:
A sculptor of language” who was “sensitive, compassionate, humourous, sometimes extremely funny, courteous, with perfect manners.”
He recalled a comment he made when unable to locate a book of poetry by Gerald Manley Hopkins after a cleaning lady had done her work, “you know, if that woman worked in Trinity College she’d throw out the Book of Kells”.
On another occasion, when Kerry unexpectedly beat Dublin in football he was asked how his friend Harriet, a dedicated Dublin supporter, was taking it, “Con replied ‘House private. No flowers’.”
There was no signature or sculptor’s name on the work and I have been unsuccessful in my search for further information.
The Onion Seller
The Onion Seller ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~ Séamus Murphy (1907-1975)
This is a monument to the women dealers in the Coal Quay, Cork City Open Market.
It was erected on February 27th 1986 and unveiled on February 28th 1986 by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Dan Wallace TD as a gift to the City of Cork to commemorate Cork 800 by Sunbeam Wolsey PLC.
Séamus Murphy was born at Greenhill, Burnfort, Mallow, Co Cork.
The Echo Boy
The Echo Boy ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~ Barry Moloney
This memorial is for the Echo Boys.
Poor and often homeless children who sold the newspaper The Evening Echo & on the streets in Cork City.
Barry Moloney (1935 – 1992) was principal of the Crawford School of Art. Unfortunately, I had little success in finding information about Barry Moloney.
“The Echo Boy”
150 years of
The Cork Examiner
And 100 years of the
The sculpture was
Unveiled 8 December 1991 by
Councillor Denis (Dino) Cregan
Lord Mayor of Cork
Relocated from Cook Street to
Saint Patrick’s Street 2004
Special offer today.
Today, like all the best Supermarkets I offer two for the price of one!
Theobald Wolfe Tone ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~ Edward Delaney
As you approach St Stephen’s Green from the North East Corner A large sculpture of Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763 – 1798) stands guard today. Commonly known as Wolfe Tone, he was one of the founding members of the United Irishmen and is regarded as the father of Irish republicanism.
When you walk round the stone pillars the other side tells a very different story:
Hungry Heart Famine memorial ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~Edward Delaney
Hungry Heart: Edward Delaney‘s “Famine Memorial”
The two parts are all one sculpture and you can read more about them in this obituary for Edward Delaney from The Guardian in 2009
This eight-minute video on Dublin, Ireland’s St. Stephen’s Green and sculptor Edward Delaney’s “Famine Memorial” (1967) gives more information.
Back on August I featured the work of Edward Delaney, with his piece Four Angels.
Photographing the Alphabet ~ X
X can have many meanings, but tonight I am in playful mood….
This one landed in the hall tonight.
Ready to go to the hanger.
Say nothing about the blurry photograph. I have been told off already tonight….. for getting down on my knees to take the photo! Getting down was the easy part. Getting up again is a horse of a different colour, when you have a swollen ankle twice the normal size.
X might be a bad mark for my behavior 😦 Maybe Nurse Hitler will have forgotten by the morning! 😉
X is also the sign for a kiss, and with it I wish you pleasant dreams.
PROTOGONOS ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~ Eamonn O’Doherty
This sculpture, in polished and patinated bronze, combines the symbol of medicine, the Rod of Aesculapius and its coiled serpents, with the laurel wreath of Hygieia, mythological goddess of health, and the double helix of the DNA.
The work is dedicated to the countless men, women and children who have occupied the various institutions on this site during the last three hundred years, and celebrates the evolution of the modern St. James’s Hospital.
Eamonn O’Doherty was born in Derry in 1939 and studied at University College Dublin, earning a degree in architecture. Later he became lecturer at the Department of Architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology. In various capacities he also taught on the Dún Laoghaire College of Art and Design(Ireland), the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris (France), Harvard University (USA), University of Nebraska (USA) and the University of Jordan (Jordan)
He was responsible for some of the best-loved works of public art in the Republic – including the Quincentennial Sculpture in Galway’s Eyre Square, the James Connolly Memorial across from Dublin’s Liberty Hall and the Anna Livia fountain (aka ‘the floozie in the Jacuzzi), which was relocated from O’Connell Street to Croppy Acre Memorial Park near Heuston Station.
I have in the past featured Swans a work by Eamonn, alas, my old blog is down right now and I am unable to give you a working link.
Photographing the Alphabet ~ W
W ~ Well Wired
Photo taken in the bowls of the Ulster Hall during the renovation work prior to the grand reopening on 6th March 2009. I was on a tour of the building with the Belfast Flickr group. We were allowed in every nook and cranny.
I was back yet again last week in the auditorium, for a BBC Radio 3 Invitation concert with the Ulster orchestra. Most enjoyable.
The Three Fates
The Three Fates ~ Bronze
Sculptor ~ Professor Josef Wackerle
The fountain is situated near the Leeson Street entrance to St. Stephens Green, Dublin, Ireland. It consists of a group of three bronze figures – representing the Three Fates, who weave and measure the thread of man’s destiny.
The statue was a gift offered by Roman Herzog, President of the Federal Republic of Germany at the time.
The engraving on the plaque is in German, Irish and English:
German: In Dankbarkeit für die Hilfe, die das irische Volk deutschen Kindern nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg gewährte
Irish: Le buíochas as an gcabhair a thug muintir na hÉireann do pháistí Gearmánacha tar éis an Dara Cogadh Domhanda
English: With gratitude for the help given to German children by the Irish people after World War II.