‘Mask of the Shannon’ sculpture garnering much media attention

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

The saga pertaining to the installation of the ‘Mask of the Shannon’ sculpture at Custume Place is gathering momentum with each passing day, and has garnered much national media attention courtesy of an editorial relating to the topic which appeared on as well as being featured on Newstalk’s Sean Moncrieff Show.

The initiative is being driven by a broad diversity of people from across Athlone’s community and beyond who are lobbying the Council to reconsider the current design on the basis that it misrepresents Athlone’s and Ireland’s identity and instead hails Ireland’s subjugation by colonial forces.

When the initial consultation process took place, the wider community was asked to indicate a preference based on three potentials shortlisted by the local authority. The offerings were eye-catching and each of them appeared to have merit.


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