Pádraic Ó Conaire Statue
Albert Power's iconic statue of Galway writer Pádraic Ó Conaire was unveiled by Irish leader Éamon de Valera in Eyre Square, on Whit Sunday, June, 1935.
Symbolically, the statue replaced that of Lord Dunkellin, a local landlord who was seen as part of the former ruling British establishment. In 1922, Dunkellin's statue was pulled down and dragged through the streets to the sound of a fife and drum band playing 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles'. It was finally dumped into the River Corrib from Nimmo's Pier.
Pádraic Ó Conaire (1882 - 1928) is regarded as one of the foremost writers in the Irish language, and a significant contributor to the revival of Gaelic literature in the early 20th century.
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