1900 QUEEN VICTORIA MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN IN DUN LAOGHAIRE
This is without doubt a favourite of mine. I really do like this type of memorial fountain and the good news is that there are a few remaining in Ireland and they are in good condition. There is the Jaffe Fountain in Limerick and the Richard Russell Fountain in Limerick and I hope to photograph both over the next few months. There may also have been one in Reginald Street in Dublin but it has been modified and converted to a religious grotto.
The Queen Victoria Memorial fountain was erected in Dún Laoghaire in 1900 to commemorate the visit to Ireland of Queen Victoria, and seriously damaged in the 1980s, this fountain was recently restored. The fountain was one of a large number celebrating Queen Victoria erected in Ireland and throughout other British colonies to a standardised design by Glasgow manufacturers Walter McFarland & Co. That company has since ceased trading but much of its business was inherited by another Scottish firm, Industrial Heritage, who were responsible for the structure’s repair and restoration.