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Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird

17 September 2018

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird

Hats off to hat maker Margaret O’Connor following the success of Spitfire Bird, her Dublin Fringe Festival project to give Dublin’s statues a head-turning makeover.

Last week, Margaret’s fabulous creations graced the heads of nine of our capital’s most prominent figures in spots all around the city centre, eliciting gasps of awe and delight from tourists and Dubliners alike. 

1. Sir John Gray, O’Connell St.

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird

2. William Smith O’Brien, O’Connell St.

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird


3. Daniel O’Connell, O’Connell St.

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird


4. Four Angels Fountain, College Green

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird


5. Molly Malone, Suffolk St.

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird


6. Oscar Wilde Memorial Sculpture, Merrion Square

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird


7. The Kiss, Earlsfort Terrace

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird


8. Anna Livia, Wolfe Tone Quay

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird


9. Countess Constance Markievicz, Townsend St.

Photos: Margaret O’Connor’s Spitfire Bird

If you want to know more about these statues and Margaret O’Connor’s inspiration for each item of headwear, you can download our Spitfire Bird freesheet here.

Finally, a very special thanks goes out to our wonderful Fringe volunteers who stood out, rain or shine, to ensure that the hats stayed safe for the time they were on display. Míle Buíochas!

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