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Spire of Dublin

Dublin Spire

The Spire of Dublin aka the Monument of Lights is a 120 meter (393 ft.) needle-like structure located at the former site of Nelson's Pillar in Dublin, a monument that was destroyed by an IRA bomb in 1966.

Slate has a mini slideshow about the spire, including an old photograph of Nelson's Pillar and pictures of the spire being constructed and erected. Here's the link at Slate.com. [The picture on this post came from Flickr user informatique and is shared under Creative Commons.]

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Christ whate a waste of 5 million euro. Incidentally, the plural of Euro is Euro, in the same way as the plural of lego is lego and sheep is sheep. There's something similar in Belfast: http://www.belfastcathedral.org/news/photo-gallery/gallery/36/the-spire-of-hope-the-concept

Though perhaps that's just because they couldn't afford a proper spire that might actually match either the building or surrounding. Instead we've got a giant cocktail stick.
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Obviously, a monument to Nelson isn't a good choice anymore, but why not a monument to a hero of the Irish Republic? de Valera? Collins? Are those just "too political"? What exactly does THIS monument commemorate?
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