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Billy Byrne Monument, Market Square, Wicklow, County Wicklow
16003247
West face of monument
Reg. No.16003247
Date1895 - 1905
Previous NameN/A
Townland
CountyCounty Wicklow
Coordinates331851, 193869
Categories of Special InterestARTISTIC HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usemonument
In Use Asmonument
 
Description
Carved limestone monument, foundation stone laid 1899, having marble larger-than-life-size figure set on square-profile limestone plinth on a polished granite base. Marble panels to each face of plinth, with medallions to three faces, high relief sculpture to west face. Carved string courses with guilloche mouldings, inscribed recessed panels to plinth.

Appraisal

Memorial, unveiled 1900, dedicated to Billy Byrne, a local leader of the 1798 rebellion who was tried and executed in Wicklow. Its commissioning and erection mark the growing nationalist sentiment in the country, with the dates on the plinth 1798, 1803, 1848 and 1867 commemorating significant moments in the movement for independence. The panels show Erin, Michael Dwyer, General William J. Holt and William Michael Byrne. A local landmark, the statue, carved in the round, demonstrates the skill of nineteenth-century monumental sculptor and stonecarver, George Smyth of Dublin. Design attributed to Thomas Aloysius Coleman (1865-1950).
 
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