Sunday 17 December 2017

Floozie to visit her old home on O'Connell Street

LIKE a corpse being driven past her old home, the Floozie in the Jacuzzi will travel one last time down O'Connell Street in Dublin today and peer down at the spot where she was ridiculed for so long.

The Anna Livia sculpture was removed from the middle of O'Connell street in 2001 with most Dubliners glad to see the back of her.

The sculpture had only been in place when Dubs quickly renamed her the Floozie in the Jacuzzi, the Skank in the Tank, and the Ride in the Tide.

The list of names was endless.

The sculpture was commissioned in 1988 to celebrate the city's millennium.

For years the statue was stored in a crate in a yard at St Anne's Park in Raheny.

And now Anna Livia will travel through the city on the back of an open truck to the spot where she lay near the Spire for a brief visit between 2pm and 3pm today.

The Floozie, however, will be without her Jacuzzi.

She will get a facelift by her creator Eamonn O'Doherty before she goes to her new home in January opposite the Ashling Hotel in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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