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no.29 : The Fiddler of Dooney

no.29 : The Fiddler of Dooney

This sculpture,by the artist Imogen Stuart, was inspired by W. B. Yeats’ beautiful poem ‘The Fiddler of Dooney’, and a photograph Stuart saw in an Irish newspaper in the late 1940’s depicting a group of little children in long cotton frocks - bare foot, holding hands and dancing on a wind-swept beach. Commissioned by architect John Costello, the sculpture is situated in Stillorgan Shopping Centre,Co.Dublin


The Fiddler of Dooney
by William Butler Yeats

When I play on my fiddle in Dooney,
Folk dance like a wave of the sea;
My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet,
My brother in Moharabuiee.

I passed my brother and cousin:
They read in their books of prayer;
I read in my book of songs
I bought at the Sligo fair.

When we come at the end of time,
To Peter sitting in state,
He will smile on the three old spirits,
But call me first through the gate;

For the good are always the merry,
Save by an evil chance,
And the merry love the fiddle
And the merry love to dance:

And when the folk there spy me,
They will all come up to me,
With ‘Here is the fiddler of Dooney!’
And dance like a wave of the sea.

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SRW05-Feb-2013 22:36
You can't beat a bit of WB...! Didn't know this one, though....
Fantastic, dynamic sculpture, perfectly caught....
carol j. phipps28-Feb-2009 01:58
Thanks for sharing this. Wonderful site!
Marielou Dhumez27-Feb-2009 11:38
Very interesting sculpture !
Harrison01-Dec-2008 14:00
Nicely done.
j>a>e>17 :):):)30-Nov-2008 05:40
waves o'wonder as i dance with gleee :):):) youthFULLL yeats IS with us NOW tooo :):):) 17 poetic AAAHHHvations from the whimscial windy city LIVE :):):) & 17 happpeee howlzzz, johNUTTTEEE :):):)
laine8230-Nov-2008 03:58
Ireland's answer to the pied piper of Hamelin
wernere0130-Nov-2008 00:11
Beautiful sculpture.
Flo Hendry29-Nov-2008 23:50
Nice angle, and good job avoiding people in the shot that would distract from this.
Mairéad29-Nov-2008 21:50
A very cultural shopping centre.
JW29-Nov-2008 20:48
well seen . thanks for sharing!
Kathryn29-Nov-2008 20:43
Amazing - Breathtaking infact. Love it.
Enny29-Nov-2008 19:20
beautiful statue and poem.
Barbara Heide29-Nov-2008 18:42
nice capture!
Maaike Huizer29-Nov-2008 11:27
What a beautiful sculpture. You captured it well.