Wednesday Wander – Setanta Wall, Dublin

Dublin mural 2

This is the Setanta Wall in Dublin, Ireland. Created in 1974 by the artist Desmond Kinney, it depicts scenes from the story of Cúchulainn and the Cattle Raid of Cooley. The small art critic standing nearby will give you an idea of the size of the piece, the vibrant colours and textures obviously hitting a positive note with her.

The mural is on a side street and, at the time we saw it, had a mosaic panel nearby – apparently this is now gone. As you can see, at the time it was already quite deteriorated along the bottom and side edges, so perhaps it just fell away. There was no other indication as to who had created the artwork or what it represented, which I thought was quite sad.

I hope things have changed for the wall now, and that perhaps the panel can be restored. If you are in Dublin, it’s definitely worth going to see – or perhaps you’ve seen it already.

Dublin mural 1

Thanks for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next week!

12 thoughts on “Wednesday Wander – Setanta Wall, Dublin

    1. Thanks, Esther – I don’t think it’s very well known. Tara Sparling, who lives in Dublin, has just commented to say she’s never seen it. I think we were lucky to come across it as we walked around the city – just one of those chance things.

    1. It’s just off Nassau Street (according to the internet) – I remember we went past an office type building and it was sort of tucked down the side along an alleyway.
      I guess the thing about Dublin is that it contains so much that’s wonderful, things something slip through the cracks of our attention – to be honest, we only saw it by chance, as it doesn’t seem to be much publicised.

    1. Yes, I had a commenter who lived in Dublin ask me where it was, as she’d never seen it, so I’ll be interested to hear if she does go and take a look. It seems a shame such an important piece of artwork was hidden away like that and allowed to fall into disrepair.

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