The List with the Gist: Dublin Statue’s Cheeky Monikers

Dublin loves its statues and monuments—politicians, artists, and fictional characters are immortalized in stone and spread throughout the city to appear in tourist selfies and be pooped on by pigeons forevermore. While any official map will point them out for you by their proper names, the famously wicked Irish wit has bestowed many of the city’s famous monuments with more cheeky monikers.

1. The Tart with the Cart

The Molly Malone statue is one of the city’s best-loved. Miss Malone is the tragic heroine of a popular Irish folk song, and also a prostitute; hence, the tart business.

2. The Prick with the Stick

James Joyce appears near O’Connell St. with his famous walking stick, and anyone who writes something like Finnegan’s Wake has to be a bit of a prick.

3. The Stiffy at the Liffey

You really can’t miss the giant spire on O’Connell St. as you cross the Liffey, which was built to replace the blown-up Nelson Pillar. Alternatively, it’s the “erection at the intersection”—Dublin was really asking for it by building something this phallic.

4. The Hags with the Bags

Near the Ha’Penny Bridge (so named because that used to be the price to cross it) there are two regular women having a never ending chat. They have bags, because all women must have bags.

5. The Ace with the Base

This decidedly more charitable nickname is for the statue of Phil Lynott, former Thin Lizzy frontman.

6. The Floozy in the Jacuzzi

You can thank The Prick with the Stick for this one. Dublin’s statue of Anna Livia, a character in Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake who is meant to be a personification of the River Liffey, is not immune to the rhyming game.

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