O’Connell to stay for now, but Larkin to go soon

After we wrote about Metro North’s enabling works, it was mentioned on Twitter that the O’Connell Monument will be removed within weeks. However, the RPA tells us that this is not to happen.

The O’Connell Monument is only planned to be removed before the main works start. However, it said that monuments to James Larkin (pictured, right), John Gray and William Smith O’Brien on O’Connell Street will be removed for enabling works.

“The Larkin, Gray and O’Brien monuments must be moved to facilitate the enabling works.  Other monuments, including the O’Connell Monument must be moved in advance of the main works commencing,” said Manning Tom at the RPA.

Ironically, given current water supply problems the city has, archiseek.com says the John Gray statue celebrates “his efforts in bringing a water supply to Dublin in 1868.”

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2 Comments for “O’Connell to stay for now, but Larkin to go soon”

  1. Do you know when Jim is coming down? Will it be before the election?

  2. They don’t seem to have a firm time frame yet. It should be clearer once contracts are signed for enabling works.

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