Saint Patrick Would Never Have Approved


On this day in 1931,Ireland had recently gained independence from English rule and military occupation. The people were happy and wanted to do something special that would define their new freedom.
A grand Statue of Christ at the entrance to Dublin City seemed like the answer. That was until they were reminded of the dreadful strife of the city’s poor.

A June 1931 public meeting in Dún Laoghaire they decided to erect a statue of Christ the King to greet passengers arriving at the country’s main entry point,
There was, however, a more serious consideration than the site, the cost or artistry of the proposed statue – a consideration so serious that it demanded a national searching of heart.
The conditions of the slum children of Dublin was insufferable; they were doomed to dreary and stunted lives. For one reason, perhaps, we might have hailed the projected statue. It might have implied a speedy reform of Dublin’s slums. However, surely the newly formed Free State of Ireland would never allow a statue of Christ  to be a pointer to such iniquity.
In 1931 nearly eighty thousand such persons were crowded into Dublin’s single-room tenements. Daily and nightly they accompanied such scenes of vice and squalor making decent living and decent thinking virtually impossible. For the men and women of the slums the only refuge from filthy rooms or cellars was the betting-shop and the public-house; and the children must seek their play amid the moral and physical perils of the streets.

I’m please to say , no such Grand Statue greets passengers arriving in Dublin today. While there is still poverty in the city, it is much improved and the dreadful slum conditions of 1931 are gone forever.
Erin go Bragh
Cheers and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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