BERNARDO O'HIGGINS - MEMORIAL

MERRION SQUARE PARK BERNARDO O'HIGGINS

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It may surprise you to learn just how much public art is on on permanent public display in Dublin and a number of items [twelve] are to be seen in Merrion Square.

As far as I am concerned Public art may include sculptures, statues, monuments, memorials, murals and mosaics. Public art in Dublin is a significant feature of the cityscape. The city's statues and other monuments have a long history of controversy about their subjects and designs, and a number of formerly prominent monuments have been removed or destroyed. Some of the city's monuments have nicknames, though many are not in popular use.

Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme (1778–1842) was a Chilean independence leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. He was a wealthy landowner of Spanish and Irish ancestry. Although he was the second Supreme Director of Chile (1817–1823), he is considered one of Chile's founding fathers, as he was the first holder of this title to head a fully independent Chilean state.

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