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The Floozie in the Jacuzzi

By rareadmin, Thursday, 9th September 2021 | 0 comments
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The Floozie in the Jacuzzi AKA Anna Livia - O'Connell Street, Dublin, 1990's.

Designed by the sculptor Éamonn O'Doherty, the Anna Livia was a bronze monument commissioned by businessman Michael Smurfit for the Dublin Millennium celebrations in 1988. It was located on the site of Nelson's Pillar which was blown up by the IRA in 1966.

The monument is a personification of the River Liffey running 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 was 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 1999 and made room for the arrival of the Spire of Dublin in 2001.

It can now be seen at the Croppy Acre Memorial Park next to the Liffey near Heuston station. Relocated there in late February 2011, partly reworked and refurbished.