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.
Thanks for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next week!
Treasures in plain sight. Lovely
Ooh, I’ve never heard of this. Very interesting, as well as beautiful.
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.
Wow! I think you were lucky!
Me too 🙂
Where is this, Helen? I live here and I’ve never seen it!
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.
Well, either that, or some of us go around in a stupor with our eyes closed. But I like your reason better. 😉
The wall is so vibrant and I love the words on the plaque. I hope it’s been restored, too. x
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.