Today we braved showery skies and went on the Public Art Walking Tour of St. Stephen’s Green listed in the Two Cities One Book programme. An intrepid, engaging and well-informed guide called Orla led us around various statues, introducing us to the characters they represented and to the artists and their methods of representation. The rain held off and we spent an enjoyable hour talking about soldiers, poets, artists and patriots and modelling versus carving.
Personal favourites include Yeats by Moore (not George Moore, who famously compared poor Yeats to an umbrella abandoned by its owner after a party, but Henry) and Robert Emmet, as portrayed by Jerome Connor. I always forget how young Emmet was when he was executed – barely 25.
Here he is, a dapper young man in the sunshine of the Green, surrounded by spring flowers and optimism, wearing the loveliest pair of sculpted shoes you’re likely to see in this town:
Constance Markievicz is there too, as is Tom Kettle – in keeping with the 1916 link of the tour.
You could do a lot worse than fall in with one of these tours, but please note that booking is essential. It will be repeated every Sunday in April at 3 p.m. Cost: Adults €6, Concessions €3 and under-18s free. More information here
Other tours in the Two Cities One Book programme include a walking tour of Beggars Bush Barracks on Saturday 16th April @ 3 p.m.. Admission is free but booking is essential: email@example.com Tel: 01 660 3770
The full Dublin-Belfast Two Cities One Book Programmes are available online here: