The absence of Irish women in Dublin’s memorials

On Wednesday morning I installed a pink spray painted female torso on an empty plinth outside Dublin City Hall. Why? Because when I walk around the streets of Dublin I see dozens of statues, memorials and plaques dedicated to the memory of men but very few of great Irish women.

Lets break down the figures:

Of the 54 statues and monuments listed on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statues_in_Dublin (not an exhaustive list by the way) only a handful are women and even at that, two of the most prominent statues are fictional characters, Molly Malone – Grafton Street and Anna Livia (formerly on O’Connell Street). That leaves us with Constance Markievicz – Statue in Tara Street (Bust in St Stephen’s Green), “Two Women” – Lower Liffey Street, Lady Laura Grattan Font – St Stephen’s Green North, An Cailín Bán – Sandymount Strand and Queen Victoria Fountain – Dún Laoghaire (That’s right, a bust of a British Monarch)

Now let’s look at Plaques:

According to Open Plaques (a project to collect & open up data about plaques and people they commemorate) 64 Dublin plaques  are dedicated to men,  5 are to (named) women.

Finally, let’s look at Dublin’s bridges:

As my fellow blogger, Panti has pointed out; “Currently there are seventeen bridges between the East Link and Heuston, and all seventeen are named after men. Not one of them is named after a woman”

Also, I have another question, of all the sculptors and designers of these memorials how many were female artists?

Food for thought.

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2 Responses to The absence of Irish women in Dublin’s memorials

  1. Definitely time to be a more inclusive society…women have waited a long time to be included ! I have tweeted this post :)

  2. The only sculptures in Dublin by women I can think of at the moment are the statue of Fr Mathew on O’Connell St by Mary Redmond, Gabriel Haye’s façade on Kildare St and the new Eilis O’Connell piece in TCD. You’re right – more sculptures by and of women are needed!

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