Anna Livia Plurabelle, Better Known As The Floozy In The Jacuzzi [ Croppies Memorial Park]

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    According to various tourist guides the statue of Anna Livia Plurabelle, perhaps better known as the Floozy in the Jacuzzi, has been relocated to the "Croppies Park" in front of the National Museum. However I have photographed it is a small park opposite Frank Sherwin Bridge on Wolfe Tone Quay. I do not know if this little park "Croppies Memorial Park" is officially distinct from the much larger memorial park in front of Collins Barracks which is known as the "Croppy Acre" but they are physically separated and as they have similar names it is likely that many people will go to the wrong location in search of the "Floozy" especially as some descriptions would lead one to believe that it is located in front of the museum.

    Anna Livia is a bronze monument formerly located on O'Connell Street in Dublin.

    Designed by the sculptor Eamonn O'Doherty, the monument was commissioned by businessman Michael Smurfit, in memory of his father, for the Dublin Millennium celebrations in 1988.
    The monument is a personification of the River Liffey (Abhainn na Life in Irish) which runs through the city. Anna Livia Plurabelle is the name of a character in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake who also embodies the river.

    The river is represented as a young woman sitting on a slope with water flowing past her. She is familiarly known by the people of Dublin as the Floozie in the Jacuzzi,or the Whore in the Sewer (pronounced hoo-er to rhyme with sewer) among other names. Both nicknames were encouraged by the sculptor himself.

    The monument was removed from its site on O'Connell Street in 2001 to make room for the Spire of Dublin.

    I have been told that in Birmingham in the UK there is a somewhat similar statue and that the public there have adopted the same nickname for it.

    1. bri58ok [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

      wow looks amazing

    2. infomatique 30 months ago | reply

      It is a nice park but until recently this part of the city was an active "Red Light" area late at night and early in the morning (not sure if it still is).

    3. bri58ok [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

      did not think you had red light area but early in the morning ,must be looking money for breakfast .

    4. infomatique 30 months ago | reply

      The source of business in the morning was long distance truck drivers planning to travel by ferry to the UK. The trucks parked overnight in Benburb Street.

      Officially red light areas did not exist in the Republic of Ireland but there were in fact a number in Dublin. For example there is a song by the Dubliners about Monto. Monto was the nickname for a one-time notorious red light district in Dublin roughly the area bounded by Talbot Street, Amiens Street, Gardiner Street and Seán McDermott Street (formerly Gloucester Street)). The name is derived from Montgomery Street (now called Foley Street), which runs parallel to the lower end of Talbot Street towards what is now Connolly Station. It was immortalised as "Nighttown" in the "Circe" chapter of James Joyce's famous work, Ulysses, where the central protagonists Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus together visit a brothel. There were also red light areas on the south side of the city along the canal between Leeson Street and Mount Street.

    5. bri58ok [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

      you are a mind of information love it nice seeing people no what goes on in their city

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