Anna Livia, a bronze sculpture by Eamonn O’Doherty, can once again be seen in Dublin.
Commissioned by Michael Smurfit to celebrate the Dublin Millennium in 1988 it was removed from O’Connell Street in 2001 to make way for the Spire. Since then she has being in storage while Dublin Corporation decided what to do with her.
The Corporation always had problems with the statue, while on O’Connell Street it was plagued by litter and anti-social behaviour. She was however popular with the people of Dublin, becoming known as the Floozie in the Jacuzzi, the Whore in the Sewer and the Skank in the Tank.
Anna Livia, a character from James Joyce and the embodiment of the river Liffey now has a new home beside it. Her new location is a pond in the Croppy Memorial Gardens, in front of the Aisling Hotel near Heuston Station.
The small garden is in memory of thousands of United Irishmen executed during the 1798 rebellion and buried in a mass grave in the area. Let’s hope Anna Livia has found her final resting place too.