CALL OF THE WILDE
They stand on street corners, in leafy parks and in galleries, but what would Dublin’s statues say if they could talk? Now we can find out thanks to a new initiative, supported by Fáilte Ireland, that is giving well- known voices to 10 of the city’s even more well- known statues. Passers- by just need to swipe their smartphone on a plaque located close to one of the Talking Statues to receive a call from Oscar Wilde ( written by John Banville and voiced by Andrew Scott, pictured), James Joyce ( written by Roddy Doyle and voiced by Gabriel Byrne) or Fidelity on the O’Connell Monument ( written by Paula Meehan and voiced by Ruth Negga). The statues and their narratives feature a mix of historical facts and humour. Jackie McKenna’s Meeting Place statue on Lower Liffey Street – also known as the Hags with the Bags – is voiced by Brenda Fricker, while the legend of Cúchulainn, who is found at the GPO, gets even more colourful through the voice of Peter Coonan, who speaks Eoin Colfer’s words.
The Talking Statues experience created by Sing London, a non- profit arts organisation, launched this week. So, take a stroll through capital and start swiping. talkingstatuesdublin.ie Leonie Corcoran