Talking Statues: A New Way to See Old Dublin

Updated: Mar 15

As my daughter completed her studies at Trinity College – Dublin, I returned to explore new tours created by Failte Ireland, the country’s major tourism authority. We’d learned that the rivalry between posh Dublin 2 and traditionally working-class Dublin 1 runs deep, much like other North-South conflicts, but the tour of famous statues in town, supplemented by QR codes that can be scanned to hear the “famous” speak ensures enjoyment on both sides of the River Liffey.


Guest Blogger: Gail Clifford from ABLE Travel and Photo


Table of Content: "Talking Statues: A New Way to See Old Dublin"

1. Oscar Wilde

2. George Bernard Shaw

3. Wolfe Tone

4. Molly Malone

5. Trinity College - Dublin

6. Meeting Place

7. Fidelity

8. James Larkin

9. Chulainn

10. James Joyce

11. James Connolly


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As we’ve explored our surroundings, we’ve found that anyone with an interest in historical events or with Irish heritage, would be interested in seeing all that is available. It’s also fun to do in the midst of a pub crawl.



To listen to ten of the city’s most famous statues newly granted the gift of gab, all you’ll need is a working telephone (ProTip: take an old phone and get a sim card from Ireland’s telecommunications services “3" for €20 it gave me 60 minutes of telephone time but, more importantly, free WiFi that I could connect my American cell phone to), and a little shoe leather.


Oscar Wilde


First stop, Oscar Wilde. I’ve visited his statue in Merrion Square more than any other in the city. The emerald coat, the expression on his face, the writer’s lounge as he stares out across the street to his childhood home all fit so well with what you read of his quips and more literary efforts.