IRA blast statue should be displayed

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 The former Fitzgibbon Memorial on Sarsfield bridge
The former Fitzgibbon Memorial on Sarsfield bridge

A KILLEELY man wants part of a statue blown up by the IRA to be placed in a prominent city centre location.

Charlie Healy (71) said the two cannons that once flanked the former Fitzgibbon Memorial on Sarsfield bridge should be put on show. The cannons are currently outside the Harbour Master’s office in the Docklands.

“They should be seen by tourists as they are part of the city’s history,” said Mr Healy.

Viscount Fitzgibbon, of Mount Shannon estate near Castleconnell, was reported missing presumed dead during the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. Rudyard Kipling’s short story ‘The Man Who Was’ is said to be inspired by him. His statue was blown up in 1930 and a monument to The Easter Rising now stands in its place.