Animals Of Dublin To Be Honour...


Animals Of Dublin To Be Honoured At New Exhibition

Aidan Delaney
Aidan Delaney

03:41 11 Jul 2022

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Dublin residents have the chance to learn more about their wilder neighbours this summer as a new exhibition gets underway today.

The Little Museum of Dublin and Dublin Zoo have come together to launch a new spectacle which celebrates the Animals Of Dublin.

The event looks at the key role that pets and pests have played in the development of the city with deer, dogs and pigeons all honoured.

Deputy Director of the Little Museum Sarah Costigan says one particular resident of the Phoenix Park brought back many great memories.

"We had great fun with this exhibition talking to the people of Dublin about their memories of interacting with animals over the generations.

"The one thing that kept coming through was the number of warm and affectionate memories that there is for Sarah the elephant who was over in Dublin Zoo."


They may be seen as a pest by many but pigeons also played a major cultural role in Dublin City's development.

Sarah, who helped to put the exhibition together, says one writer in particular was very fond of some feathered friends.

"The pigeon would actually have been one of the earlier domesticated birds here in Dublin.

"Many people may not be too fond of them today but they did have a historically quite an affectionate role at the heart of many people's lives.

"In some of James Joyce's writing, he is known to have used the word 'pigeon' as an affectionate name for people."

The showcase runs from today until September at the Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen's Green.

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