Luas Project News: The working date for opening the route to passengers is December 9th/10th. The Tram Stop is to be known as ‘Broadstone - DIT’
This site where this Marian statue is located is currently being redeveloped as a major new tram stop on the new Luas Cross City line.
The statue is properly known as the ‘Queen Of Peace’. There are many ‘Marian Statues’ throughout Ireland but the majority are in Dublin. The one in my photograph is a bit different in that it was erected in 1953 by railway and bus workers of CIE, a state transport company, on company property.
I do not know who maintains the installation but it is in good condition. Also I do not know if it will be located within the public plaza associated with the Luas Stop but I cannot find an mention of it in the schedule of statues and monuments that were subjected to storage or restoration. At this stage I am assuming that the statue will remain as it is.
In many photographs that I have seen it appears to be painted white but as you can see it is now unpainted stone or concrete.
I recently came across what appears to be an official description resulting from a survey prior to the redevelopment project now underway:
This statue is located outside the former Broadstone station terminal building (AC89) to the immediate west of an ashlar limestone wall which comprises the remains of Foster Aqueduct (AC86). It is located in an area surrounded by a low curved wall topped by a railing and is facing east looking out over the Constitution Hill/ Western Way/Phibsborough Road junction. The statue was sculpted by A. Powers and Sons. The inscription on the base reads: ‘Erected by the employees of Córas Iompair Éireann to the honour and glory of our lady queen of peace, May 1953. Pray for us.’
Originally when I examined the plans there was the following description: ”The proposed Luas stop at Broadstone is designed to facilitate the current local population, in addition to the population of proposed Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) development at Grangegorman. A phased approach to the development of the link to Grangegorman campus has been adopted. Phase 1 proposes the stop with a link to the campus. This permits connectivity to the campus, while maintaining the operational link at the Dublin Bus Depot above ground. The link is closed to public access until such time as the Grangegorman proposal is built. The structure is designed to facilitate removal of the “lid” from the link to facilitate completion of St. Brendan’s Way, should this land become available to the Grangegorman Development Agency in the future.”
The has been a change as It would appear that there will be a separate stop known as the Grangegorman Stop located along the Western perimeter of the Broadstone Bus Depot.