Locals object to proposed pagan-inspired statue of St Patrick for the Hill of Tara.
- Title St Patrick Statue Controversy
- 1st Broadcast 19/02/1997
- ContributorTeresa Mannion (Reporter)
- Clip Duration 00:05:17
- Material Type Video
- Series title Nationwide
- Clip title Protests Against Statue of St Patrick in a Mini Goatskin
- Extended description
Teresa Mannion reports for 'Nationwide' on controversial plans to put a statue of St Patrick in a mini goatskin on the Hill of Tara. Protesters have gathered on the Hill of Tara to express their opposition. Elizabeth Hickey says that "no bishop in the history of Christendom has been dressed in a mini goatskin". They would like a more traditional representation of St Patrick, who is usually portrayed in ceremonial robes. There had been a statue like this on the Hill of Tara, but it had been damaged and was now being replaced.
The artist Annette Hennessy was inspired by the Celtic pagan-druidic culture St Patrick was dealing with to create the proposed statue and her design was chosen over eight other submissions. But Colm Ó Briain, political adviser to the minister for arts, culture and the Gaeltacht, says that it is the local people who will decide whether or not the statue goes on the Hill of Tara.
Three years later, a statue donated by the Sisters of Charity went up on the site.
'Nationwide' is an early evening magazine programme that brings Irish viewers an eclectic round-up of news, views and events from around the country.
- Local keywords St Patrick's Day, St Patrick, Sculpture, Statues, Art, Religion, Annette Hennessy, Colm Ó Briain, Teresa Mannion, Hill of Tara, Nationwide
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ One
- Production year 1997
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier 97D00278
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- Language used English (eng)
- Original language English (eng)
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