Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Wellington Monument Dublin & Snippets of Dublin Heritage

WELLINGTON MONUMENT DUBLIN, correctly named Wellington's Testimonial due to it being built during Sir Arthur Wellesley lifetime when the foundation stone was laid in 1817. However, it would not be completed till 18th June 1861. The monument is the tallest obelisk in Europe, standing at 205 feet executed in Irish Granite the architect Robert Smirke who was a founding father in Greek and Egyptian architectural revival, he designed many classical buildings in the British Isles, notably the British Museum in London. The long delay in the monuments completion was due to the short-fall in funding.

There are four bronze plagues cast from cannons captured at Waterloo; three of which have picturial representations of the "Iron Duke" career "Waterloo by Thomas Farrell and Indian War by Joseph Kirk. While the forth holds an inscription to "Civil and Religious Liberty." by John Hogan.

" Asia and Europe saved by thee proclaim
Invincible in war thy deathless name
now round thy brow the civic oak we twine
That every earthly glory may be thine"

Sir Arthur Wellesley was born in Dublin on 1st May 1769, educated in Dublin, and was married to Lady Catherine Sarah sister of Thomas Packenham 2nd Duke of Longford. The marriage took place in Wellington's family parish church of St George's which is situated on Temple Street Dublin. Wellington was a product of Anglo protestant Ireland. Educated at Wrights High School situated on Grafton Street; Bewley's world famous coffee house now occupies the building. 'Truly Wellington can be called an Irish Statesman' as a member of the Irish House of Parliament and later in his career as Prime Minister of Great Britain he saw through both houses of the Imperial Parliament the Catholic Relief Act in 1829 (Catholic emancipation).

Dublin in the 18th Century was described as the second city of the British Empire; Sir Arthur Wellesley can be proudly placed as a unique part of Dublin's British heritage. Planning a visit to Dublin? Then take time out for afternoon tea at the Merrion Hotel Dublin. The hotel occupies the Georgian townhouse where Wellington was born. Or take a trip on Luas Red Line (Dublin Tram System) out to the Phoenix Park disembark at the Collins Barracks Museum Luas stop. The obelisk of the Wellington Monument rises up above the tree line on Parkgate St the monument is five minute walk from the Luas stop. Within one square mile of the monument lies Killmainham Royal Hospital (Gallery of Modern Art) Killmainham Jail Museum, Dublin Zoo. The whole area holds many  heritage locations. So enjoy your time out in Dublin.

www.dublinheritagetours.com aim to provide as many links to informative heritage websites. In additions we offer guided walking tours of Dublin which includes admission into St Patrick's Cathedral. All our guides are approved by Failte Ireland Tourism Agency. Related reading on Wellington Maxims and Opinions of Field-Marshal His Grace the Duke of Wellington, Selected From His Writings and Speeches During a Public Life of More Than Half a Century