Flicking through the old Adams & Mealy’s annual Independence auction catalogues, I was taken aback to find this wonderful piece from 2008. Valued at €18,000 to €25,000, ‘The Flying Column’ was a original heavy bronze Maquette for a statue which was designed to be placed on O’Connell Street.
This was, to quote the items entry in the catalogue, a statue designed by the sculpture Brid Ni Rinn to commemorate the War of Independence, submitted into a competititon which was later sadly cancelled.
The entry notes that ‘The individual figures are types, not portraits…The leader or captain of the group was not envisaged as anyone in particular, but it is easy to see the inspiration of Michael Collins.’
It reminded me of the wonderful statue in Roscommon from 1963 to local Volunteers there, interesting to think this could be standing in the spot home to the spire today!