Sunday, 13 December 2015

Mythical figures across the land.

In Ireland mythology is everywhere, in landscape, place names, at sacred sites, wells and rivers.
Within cities too the work of artists and sculptors remind us of ancient stories.

Queen Maeve -  Bronze statue in Beresford Place, Dublin. Created by Patrick O'Reilly.

In places the Children of Lír still emerge changed by Aoife into four white swans. 

 The Children of Lír, Dublin Garden of Remembrance. Created by Oisín Kelly.

The Children of Lír, Lough Owel, County Westmeath. Created by Linda Brunker.

The Children of Lír, Ballycastle, County Antrim. Artist unknown.

Our goddesses, gods and heroes still grace the land.

Sculpture of Étaín and Midhir by Éamonn O'Doherty 
standing in the park near the Ardagh Heritage & Creativity Centre.

Princess Macha at the entrance to Altnagelvin Hospital, Co. Derry by F.E Mc William. 
Macha was said to have founded the earliest hospital in Ireland. 

Éire with harp by Jerome Connor, Merrion Sq Park, Dublin.

The dying Cú Chulainn by Oliver Sheppard can be seen in the GPO, Dublin
and is a memorial to the participants of the 1916 Rising.
 Bronze statue of  Cú Chulainn carrying his dying friend Ferdia 
by Ann Meldon Hugh, Ardee, County Louth. 

Lugh on the shore of Lough Dunlewy at the foot of Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal. Artist unknown.

Manannán by Peter Grant, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Sea God Manannán  by Ann Meldon Hugh, Dundalk, Co. Louth. 

One has been taken

The stolen statue of Danu who once stood near the Paps of Anu, Co. Kerry.

and one has returned.

 Manannán Commands the Sea by sculptor John Darren Sutton. 

In a moment of syncronicity when I  began to write this post I heard that the statue of Manannán Mac Lír, stolen back in January and recovered, will be erected again to look out from Binevenagh Mountain, Co. Derry towards Lough Foyle.

Welcome back!


  1. What wonderful art. Wish someone could create a new Danu! How would the Morrigan be represented I wonder?

  2. Yes it would be great to have a new Danu but then perhaps the Paps can't be competed with :)
    Not sure how - or where - The Morrigan would be represented - have a few ideas of my own but I'm not a sculptor! x

  3. Fantastic sculptures, Jane! Some of them are set in the most beautiful scenery too. A wonderful way to celebrate the country's mythology!

  4. Thanks Val - they are fabulous aren't they.


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