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Wolfe Tone
Dublin City Co. Dublin
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Theodore Wolfe Tone rose to become the leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion, and is widely regarded as the father of Irish republicanism. The great revolutionary is immortalised in rousing song and in Edward Delaney’s magnificent 1964 statue at the entrance to St Stephen's Green.

The son of a Church of Ireland coach-maker who briefly considered an acting career as a young man, Theodore Wolfe Tone rose to become the leader of the 1798 Irish Rebellion, and is widely regarded as the father of Irish republicanism. Taken prisoner by British forces after refusing an offer of escape from French allies, he died in Provost's Prison in Dublin at the age of 35. At his court-martial, Tone declared that to contend against British Tyranny, I have braved the fatigues and terrors of the field of battle. After all I have done for a sacred cause, death is no sacrifice.'

In 1964, sculptor Edward Delaney and architect Noel Keating began work on the Wolfe Tone monument, with the statue and surrounding framework of granite monoliths unveiled three years later. After being criticised for making the figure of Tone too big, Delaney retorted that 'Tone figured life-size in a park setting would look like a leprechaun.'

This is one of the Talking Statues that speaks via your phone when you scan the code. Written by Patrick McCabe, narrated by Brendan Gleeson.

St.Stephen's Green perfect spot for a picnic in the summer and you can discover many other statues in the beautiful park.