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.
Mia is packing up her set of all seven Harry Potter books and the collected James Joyce before heading off to the U.K., and then getting realistic and replacing them with a flashlight and extra underwear. She plans to find out exactly how much beer is in a pint while gallivanting around Ireland and aspires to show her parents that she is putting her (forthcoming) English degree to use by communing with Shakespeare’s homeland. When she’s not making plans to get the royal family to adopt her, she enjoys drinking coffee and talking about the severity of her coffee addiction.