Monday 20 November 2017

Legacy of dock workers cast in bronze

Barry Duggan

HUNDREDS of people who worked at one of the country's busiest docks were remembered yesterday when a bronze sculpture was unveiled in their honour.

Former Limerick dockers and labourers, along with their families and friends, came together at Spokane Walk in the city to get their first look at the artwork along the riverside.

The sculpture -- two dockers carrying a piece of timber -- was designed by Limerick-born artist, Michael Duhan, whose father worked on ships.

Former docker, Paddy 'Idy' O'Halloran from Thomondgate came up with the idea to have a sculpture designed for the city's dockers. He worked on the docks for over 40 years.

"I was there from 1959 to 2000. I worked with a lot of men and later, their sons.

All sorts of cargos came in -- coal, timber, grain and fertilisers. There was some great men down there. There were good times and hard times," Mr O'Halloran said.

"We got paid very little -- about 30 bob a week, but today is a nice day to remember everyone."

"I always said when I came out of there, if there was anything I could do for the old dockers, I would try my best," he added.

Irish Independent

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