Liffey Street Lower
written by: Rachel Kilfeather
animated by: Brenda Fricker
"It's a giggle - and a really nice surprise! It's a friendly and unusual way to find out something.”
Just across the Ha'penny Bridge, two women have sat down for a chat in the middle of a busy day's shopping, their bags at their feet. Situated in one of Dublin's most popular shopping areas - one bag is from Arnotts on nearby Henry Street - Jackie McKenna's 1988 bronze sculpture Meeting Place was designed to reflect everyday city life. Shortly after the sculpture's installation, one of the bags was stolen - no small feat, given that it was made from bronze and extremely heavy! The bags are now secured firmly to the ground.
Like many Dublin statues, these women have a local nickname - 'the Hags with the Bags' - but brought to life by Rachel Kilfeather and Brenda Fricker, they now have a chance to talk back!