ACTUALLY A STATUE OF WOLFE TONE
About twenty or more years ago I was standing here when a tour guide arrived with a group of tourists and when asked why the park was named Stephen’s Green the guide explained that it was named in honour of Stephen Green the famous Irish patriot. I really hope that the tourist did not leave Dublin believing that this was a statue of Stephen Green rather than Wolfe Tone.
At the Merrion Row corner of St. Stephen’s Green you will find a bronze statue of Theobald Wolfe Tone, the leader of the 1798 rebellion. Flanked by monoliths, it was immediately nicknamed ‘Tonehenge’ by the local population.
In 1964 the architect Noel Keating and the sculptor Edward Delaney won a competition to create the Wolfe Tone monument at the corner of St Stephen’s Green. That year Delaney was selected to make the Thomas Davis memorial on College Green.
Tone stands alone in front of a collection of granite monoliths, which prompted the nickname Tonehenge. It should be noted that there is a companion piece, the Famine Memorial, located just behind the granite pillars.
Theobald Wolfe Tone, posthumously known as Wolfe Tone (20 June 1763 – 19 November 1798), was a leading Irish revolutionary figure and one of the founding members of the United Irishmen, and is regarded as the father of Irish republicanism and leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion. He was captured at Letterkenny port on 3 November 1798, and he died sixteen days later for reasons that are disputed.
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