THE JAFFE AND OTHER VICTORIAN FOUNTAINS IN IRELAND

THE JAFFE AND OTHER FOUNTAINS

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 001

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 001

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 002

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 002

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 003

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 003

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 004

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 004

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 005

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 005

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 006

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 006

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 007

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 007

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 008

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 008

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 009

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 009

  •  JAFFE FOUNTAIN 011

    JAFFE FOUNTAIN 011

This is a favourite of mine … to be honest is is a joint favourite because there is twin in Limerick. The only difference is one is yellow and the other is red and of course they have different names.

This is a wonderful 1870s drinking fountain which commemorated the life of one of Belfast’s Jewish benefactors, Daniel Jaffe. It had long suffered neglect and vandalism.

Eura documented the fountain, dismantled it and transported each element to Shropshire for repair. Replacements for missing components were cast from newly carved patterns or from existing components, fractured columns were repaired, and the drinking bowl was re-gilded.

The entire fountain was cleaned, painted, and test-assembled in before being located outside Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast. I could be wrong but it has been relocated a number of times and has spent some in the Botanic Gardens near Queen’s University.

Note: I would argue that there are three ornate drinking fountains in Ireland and a modified structure in Dublin which may have been an ornate fountain:
  1. Richard Russell Fountain In Limerick
  2. Jaffe Fountain In Belfast [almost identical to the Russell Fountain]
  3. Queen Victoria fountain in Dun Laoghaire
  4. 1929 Religious Shrine in the Coombe area of Dublin
JAFFE FOUNTAIN 011
JAFFE FOUNTAIN 011
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