ST PATRICK’S DAY 2023
Anna Livia is a bronze monument formerly located on O’Connell Street in Dublin.
Designed by the sculptor Eamonn O’Doherty, the monument was commissioned by businessman Michael Smurfit, in memory of his father, for the Dublin Millennium celebrations in 1988.
The monument is a personification of the River Liffey which runs through the city. Anna Livia Plurabelle is the name of a character in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake who also embodies the river.
The river is represented as a young woman sitting on a slope with water flowing past her. She is familiarly known by the people of Dublin as the Floozie in the Jacuzzi, or the Whore in the Sewer (pronounced hoo-er to rhyme with sewer) among other names. Both nicknames were encouraged by the sculptor himself.
The monument was removed from its site on O’Connell Street in 2001 to make room for the Spire of Dublin.
I have been told that in Birmingham in the UK there is a somewhat similar statue and that the public there have adopted the same nickname for it.