Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Nelson's Pillar & Dublin's lost Heritage

In 1966 on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rebellion. Dublin lost one of its many icons. Nelson's Pillar, blown-up in an act of cultural terrorism by the IRA. The remains of the iconic monument was then demolished by the Irish Army. In an effort in out-doing the IRA, in this act of cultural vandalism the State TV (RTE) showed the whole event live on national television. 

Long before London had Nelson's Column  Dublin city had its own version; Nelson's pillar. Designed in 1808 by the English architect William Wilkins (1778-1839), the pillar was topped by Thomas Kirk's statue of Admiral Nelson. Some forty meters high it was, at the time the tallest Doric column in the world. An early work by Wilkins, who was already making a name for himself as a leading Greek Revivalist, it was the greatest monument of Georgian Dublin, with the finest public viewpoint in the city. The IRA decided to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 rebellion with its destruction. Nelson's pillar represented the last of a long list of monuments destroyed by acts of terrorism. In addition to the State policy; in the removal of all monuments which  did not fit into the narrow cultural identity of the Irish State. Statue of William of Orange blown up in 1929, College Green, Gough Statue Phoenix Park blown up in 1953. Photo below showing the removal of the statue of Queen Victoria from Lenster Lawn. Dublin's British heritage lost, not just for the visitors to the city, but also for the citizens of the Irish Republic.

From the Gaelic revival of the 1890s to present day it is the aim of Irish Republicans and Nationalists to remove by force or through democratic influence all British heritage on the Island of Ireland. This policy can be witnessed first hand by the removal of the Union flag from Belfast City Hall in 2012.

Cultural war in Ireland.  

Although political violence in Ireland has abated in recent years. The main aim of Irish Republicans is to demonize and isolate, all protestant and Unionist heritage on the Island of Ireland. By doing so they are waging ethic and cultural war on Unionists communities. To assimilate or remove the British people from Ireland is their goal over future generations.

Dublin Heritage Tours was established in 2010 our aim and motivation is to make available to all visitors the rich Irish and British heritage of our Capital City...Dublin. We are the only historical walking tour officially affiliated to St Patrick's Cathedral. Our tour is a must for every visitor who holds an interest in the history of Ireland.