The many beautiful sculptures you’ll find across Ireland tell the island’s story. While you likely know about the famous sculptures of James Joyce, Molly Malone and others dotted under the shadow of the Spire, there are many examples of artistry to be found on every corner.
, one of the most affecting and memorable works is the Famine memorial
on Custom House Quay in Dublin’s docklands. The sculptures, created and designed by Rowan Gillespie, evoke the stark plight of the people of Ireland during the Famine of the mid-19th Century.
One of the most striking sculptures that also deals with the difficulties faced by the Irish people is Sligo’s Waiting on the Shore
. It shows a woman, with her arms outstretched longingly towards the ocean beyond Sligo Bay. It’s a memorial to the men of Rosses Point
parish who lost their lives at sea, and the village women who waited for them.
Back in the 1950s, legendary comic trailblazer Charlie Chaplin visited Waterville
. He came to sample the fly fishing, which was recommended to him by friend Walt Disney. Chaplin returned to Waterville regularly in the years that followed. In the centre of the village there is a statue of the comic actor, decked out in the iconic bowler hat, cane and baggy clothing of his most famous screen guise, The Tramp.
At the seafront in Ballycastle, County Antrim
, you’ll be treated to the sight of four majestic swans, captured in perpetual flight. The swans in question are the mythical
children of Lir who, the legend goes, were transformed from children to swans by their jealous stepmother.
Does anyone in our Community know any other impressive art sculptures on the island of Ireland?