MARIAN STATUE IN DRUMCONDRA – WHEN I WAS YOUNG THERE WAS A LEMONS SWEET FACTORY NEARBY
It would appear that the City Council has accepted responsibility for this ‘Marian’ statue now that they have erected a “Our Lady’s Park” sign and added a few flags.
The fact that many mention that this statue is across the road from St. Luke’s [Bertie Ahern’s former constituency base in Drumcondra] rather than the other way around tells you a lot about how life has changed in Ireland
I lived in Drumcondra for many years and am fairly sure that the location of this statue was not known as Our Lady’s Park back then so it may have been re-named as such within the last few years.
I believe that there are more than twenty Marian statues in Dublin but in general they do not appear to be listed in any database or catalogue and therefore I am finding it difficult to track all of them down. I have always been aware of one in Stillorgan and one in Drumcondra [shown in this photograph]. I have seen others but cannot remember the exact locations.
My understanding is that most were erected on public land during the Marian Year of 1954 but I cannot find out who physically erected them or who is responsible for maintaining them.
Any information would be appreciated