The thing I find bizarre about this whole episode is the way Dublin Corporation found it necessary to have a 'monument' at all. They didn't even know what they wanted to celebrate, as shown by the fact that the competitors not only had to design a form, but they also had to come up with something to celebrate with the form - in the case of the winners a celebration of the Irish Diaspora.
I would have thought that monuments usually were built when there was an overwhelming need to comemorate something, this need taking shape in the form of a built monument. It seems sort of strange that this is reversed, and Irish people are casting about for something to celebrate.
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Then Dublin could have two Testimonials! Let's celebrate our living relatives rather than the dead ones.
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