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Nicknamed ‘the Hags with the Bags’ by the city’s wags - captures it beautifully. Sculpted by Jackie McKenna it was unveiled in 1988, the year of Dublin’s Millennium celebrations.
Just across the Ha'penny Bridge, two women have sat down for a chat in the middle of a busy day's shopping, their bags at their feet. Situated in one of Dublin's most popular shopping areas - one bag is from Arnotts Department Store on nearby Henry Street - Jakki McKenna's 1988 bronze sculpture was designed to reflect everyday city life. Shortly after the sculpture's installation, one of the bags was stolen - quite a difficult feat, given that it was made from bronze and extremely heavy! The bags are now secured firmly to the ground.
Like many Dublin statues, these women have a local nickname - 'the Hags with the Bags' - but brought to life by Rachel Kilfeather and Brenda Fricker, they now have a chance to talk back!