Truth by James Gandon

In October 2012 I put in a question to the City Manager in relation to a statue by James Gandon that had been knocked over by a Film Unit truck in Kings Inn, Dublin.  The statue, known as Truth (or ‘Henrietta’ locally) was left in the car park for over a year without protection except a bit of sacking.  In April 2013, again after many concerned locals asked about the protection of the statue, I again raised the issue with the City Council.  This statue formed part of the Four Courts prior to the Civil war.  After the shelling of the Four Courts there was not a scratch on this sculpture.  It was removed to the Kings Inns for safe keeping and good custody where it was more or less destroyed by wrecklessness and lack of due care.  Not only from the driver of the truck (who reversed into her) but from all of those who are charged with its safe keeping.  If those who are charged with the protection of our heritage fail at this level, God only knows what the future holds.

Henrietta Street is almost now an extension of a Film studios.  The impact of these trucks on this delicate area and the residents who live there needs to be addressed and we need far more transparency and accountability as to what is exactly happening to this sculpture (Truth) which was recently removed for supposed repairs.  Also, a date when it will be returned to its rightful place.

We certainly don’t want the kind of vandalism thats been shown by their most recent installation and its new unsightly plinth.

kings inn

Reinstalled Sculptures at Kings Inn with ‘out of place’ plinth.



October 2012  Questions to the City Manager:

Can the City Manager issue a report with regard to damage caused to a protected structure, an 18th century statue, at the Kings Inn in Henrietta Street Dublin on 4/5th April, 2012.  This damage would appear to have been caused while filming was taking place in this locality which is a heritage site and a protected structure.  It would appear a film truck backed into the plinth, toppling the statue to the ground. This protected heritage item has been removed and its whereabouts is unknown. The use of dwellings and listed buildings on Henrietta St has led to a careless disregard for these masterpieces of 18th century architecture.  Not withstanding the enormous disruption and inconvenience caused to residents by the constant use of this area as a film location, both day and night.  It would appear that no permission for change of use from dwelling to studio was sought by the owners of these properties.  It is the responsibility of the City Council to protect these structures and insist on compliance with the principles of care for listed buildings.

April 2013 Questions to the City Manager:

Question to City ManagerCity Council Meeting 04/02/2013


Can the City Manager supply an updated report on what action has been taken in relation to the damaged ‘Gandon’ Statue at Henrietta St/Kings Inn which was damaged recently by being knocked over by a truck that was associated with the film unit engaged in filming in this location. This report to include assessment of damage to the statue, proposed repair works, who is liable and responsible for the damage and the cost of repair and who will pay. Also what steps have been taken to manage traffic and vehicle transport in this location with regards to filming and what safety measures have been initiated in order to protect similar objects and the protected structures.



“Truth” commonly known as Henrietta, was accidentally knocked off her pedestal in April 2012 by a film truck.  Immediately advice was sought from the Society’s Architect, stone and monumental sculpture conservators and from two well respected Architectural Historians (one gave advice on the author of the sculpture (believed not to be any person of significance)), the second gave advice on reinstatement, location, and possible alternative solutions.  All the fragments of Henrietta, including her head have been removed to a safe storage place in King’s Inns.  The three main pieces have been moved to temporary safety and will be stored in a properly protected storage area within the King’s Inns building as soon as the budget will allow for the hire of a crane.  To date, King’s Inns (a private unincorporated association of members) has incurred all the costs involved in the professional advices received.  King’s Inns has a working party in place to oversee the replacement / reinstatement of the statue as soon as is feasible.


Following the accident (involving a film truck), the King’s Inns Health and Safety Adviser was asked to work on a plan for the occasional use of the grounds by delivery trucks, by film trucks (mainly static once they park in an assigned place) and other vehicular traffic.  Advices are awaited.  The cost of this advice will be borne in its entirety by King’s Inns.



Election Benefit Performance – Ind. Mannix Flynn, Pembroke South Dock

JamesX-Fundraiser-1There will be an Local Election fundraiser performance of ‘James X’ for Independent Cllr. Mannix Flynn (Pembroke South Dock candidate) at the Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, on Tuesday April 29th at 8pm.

All welcome.

Admission €20 …thereabouts….

Gabriel Byrne with Mannix in NY

Gabriel Byrne, Director of James X with Mannix in NY

Maternity Cover Position Available at the Fulbright Commission

Irish Awards Administrator  Maternity Cover (6 months)

The Fulbright Commission
<> is seeking to appoint an Irish Awards Administrator
to provide maternity cover for a six month period from July 2014.


The Fulbright Commission in Ireland is a bilateral partnership
supported by the U.S. Department of State and the Irish Government’s
Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Department of Arts,
Heritage, and the Gaeltacht. Its funding is derived from Irish and
U.S. governments, higher education institutions, public agencies,
organizations, and donations.

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards grants for Irish
citizens to study, research, or teach in the U.S. and for Americans to
do the same in Ireland. The primary grant program that the Commission
manages is Fulbright Program, whose purpose is to increase mutual
respect and understanding between people of the United States and
people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

The Position

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the successful candidate must:

·    Have a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field and/or
a minimum of three years experience in a relevant role

·      Have excellent communication, administration, and interpersonal skills

·     Have excellent IT skills with strong Microsoft Office skills

·    Demonstrate initiative and self-direction

·   Enjoy working in a fast-paced, creative environment,
collaborating in a small team, and effectively responding to tasks and

·  Empathise with Fulbright’s purpose

·  Be legally eligible to work in the Republic of Ireland.

The following are desirable:

·  Experience of both the Irish and U.S. higher education systems

· Irish language.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are indicative, but not
exhaustive. They may change over time to reflect the Commission’s
changing context, priorities, and activities.

Program Administration:

· Management of the Fulbright Awards for all applicants
looking to go to the U.S.

·   Management of the Summer Institute for Social Entrepreneurship Award

·  Liaison with relevant U.S. and Irish agencies

· Identification and development of program development opportunities

· Development and delivery of orientation and cultural
programs / events for awardees

· Collaboration on the promotion and advertising of Fulbright
Awards / Program.

Board Meetings / Events:

· Provision of administrative support for Fulbright Commission
Board meetings and events (e.g. minutes, Board papers, catering

General Administration:

· Assisting with file and diary management, office
administration, telephone reception, and post.

Remuneration and Benefits

Contract Tenure:       A six month contract with effect from July 7th,
2014 is being offered. A two week probation period will apply.

Salary:                      EURO 30,000 annual gross pro-rated for the
contract tenure.

Annual Leave:           8 days for the contract tenure


Interested applicants should submit by email by 12 noon on April 16th, 2014:

·         A cover letter outlining motivation for applying and
relevant experience

·         A detailed curriculum vitae

·         The names / contact details of two referees.

Applications and requests for further information should be addressed to:

Ms. Colleen Dube
Executive Director
Fulbright Commission
Brooklawn House
Crampton Avenue
Shelbourne Road
Dublin 4

T: +353 (0) 1 660 7670



Claremorris Open Exhibition – Closing date for entries June 13th

Selma Makela

Claremorris Open Exhibition is, in my opinion, one of the best run shows in the country.  Artists interested in submitting work please see the website below.  It is now possible to send in entries online.  Its always worth traveling West in September to experience COE.


COE ’14 will run from 21st September to 12th October Entry forms are now available to download from our website

It is also possible to enter on-line this year.

Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, 13th June.

COE ’14 Curator is Michelle Cotton, senior curator at Firstsite in Colchester. A graduate of English at King’s College London and the History of Art MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Michelle Cotton has curated over 30 exhibitions and film screenings including projects at Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Tate Britain, Tate Modern, London; Tate St Ives, Whitechapel Gallery, London and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein including solo exhibitions by Michel Auder, Henning Bohl, Wolfgang Breuer, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Paul Sietsema and Stephen Sutcliffe.

She has published numerous reviews, essays and articles and is the author of the recently published Design Research Unit 1942 – 72 (Koenig Books, 2011). Michelle was awarded the Curatorial Bursary at Cubitt, London in 2009. She has been part of the panel for New Acquisitions at LUX (2006–2008) and a Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council (2006–2010). She is a member of the Acquisitions Committee for the collection at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims and a selector for the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Award for Museum’s 2012.