Things to Do in Dublin – Statues & Sculptures

We know that visitors to Dublin all have their own interests, and their own way of enjoying the city’s eclectic and fascinating history. Some of you may be interested in the sculptures and statues Dublin has scattered around it’s famous streets.

There are certainly enough famous characters immortalised from Dublin's history to be of interest to any visitor.

The Famine Memorial

A sculpture to commemorate those who suffered due to the Irish Famine in the 19th century and forced to emigrate. These bronze sculptures were created by Dublin native Rowan Gillespie. You’ll find them at Dublin’s Docklands at Custom House Quay.

Molly Malone

It’s not entirely known whether Molly Malone really existed, or whether she is simply a myth, but around 300 years ago now, legend has it that a fishmonger named Molly, renowned for her beauty, came to a sad end after selling her body to make ends meet during a period of great poverty. After catching cholera from a client she died young on a Dublin Street.

She’s now a symbol for Dublin city and a sculpture of her resides on Grafton Street.

Monument to Oscar Wilde

On the corner of Merrion Square sits the sculpture of Oscar Wilde, the poet, playwright and author. There are 3 pieces, which show Oscar himself at around the age of 40 and his then pregnant wife, along with a pillar of a young man. All of it illustrates the personality and flamboyance of Oscar’s character. The sculpture was created by Irish born Danny Osborne, and was erected in the late 90s.

The O'Connell Monument

A statue dedicated to Daniel O’Connell, the Irish leader who is remembered as a liberator of Catholic Ireland. It’s creator didn’t complete the statue, but was completed by Foley’s assistant Thomas Brock.

James Joyce Statue

A life size bronze statue in Dublin’s centre is dedicated to the famous Irish novelist James Joyce, which really captures his lively personality. It was created by Marjorie Fitzgibbon at the beginning of the 90s and is a life-like image of the writer.

Phil Lynott Statue

The rock legend Phil Lynott is remembered with a bronze statue, unveiled in the mid noughties. It’s nicknamed The Ace with the Bass, and it really is a great dedication to the brilliant musician, who although born in England was raised in Dublin by his grandmother.

James Connolly

A statue dedicated to the Irish republican socialist is to be found underneath the bridge at Beresford Place in front of Dublin’s Custom House. It was created by Eamonn O’Doherty and commissioned by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in the mid 90s. It is a great monument to this important leader, and is engraved with his most famous quotes.