Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Katy Goodhue’s Goats [Dillon’s Park, Coliemore Road]

Katy Goodhue’s Goats [Dillon’s Park, Coliemore Road]

Recently I visited Dillon’s Park and I could not find these two concrete goats.

I originally photographed this example of public art in March 2008. At the time I did not process the photographs because I did not know anything about the artist and I could not establish the name of the little public park on Coliemore Road.

A few days ago I came across the following information by accident.


Fixing of Goat sculptures in Dillon’s Park, Dalkey

Question: Councillor S. Fitzpatrick - “To ask the Manager to fix the damage to the goat sculptures in Dillon’s Park, Coliemore Road, Dalkey, and to ask the Manager to explore the feasibility of installing a more robust goat sculpture in replace of the concrete sculpture?”

Reply: In 2007, dlr Arts Office engaged Jason Ellis, a sculpture conservator, to undertake a condition audit of the public sculptures in the County. It was noted that Katy Goodhue’s Goats, sited in Dillon’s Park, ‘would be hard to restore/conserve’.

In 2008, the Public Art Steering Group developed internal guidelines around the decommissioning of artworks sited in public places in the County. Deaccession is the complete removal of an artwork from public display and from the County Collection of public artwork and would only take place after a considered process.

Certain conditions have to apply before an artwork would be considered for deaccession, for example, if the work has significantly deteriorated or if it requires a level of maintenance and/or conservation which constitutes an unsustainable expenditure level.

This sculpture is on the list of public artworks to be actioned over the course of the next arts strategy. Due to the poor condition of the sculpture, the Arts Office will be recommending that the work be decommissioned. At present, due to financial constraints, the commissioning and installation of a new sculpture at that location will not be feasible.

Contact: Kenneth Redmond, Arts Officer, Environment, Culture & Community

Friday, April 28, 2017



Be aware that this restaurant is at the Bolton Street end of Capel Street [where O’Hagan Design was based many years ago].

When it comes to eating out the choice in Dublin 1 and 2 is getting better by the day. I keep finding new restaurants every time I walk around the area.

I reviewed this restaurant on Capel Street at least twice since it first opened as Hanoi Hanoi. When it first opened I was very excited because it was a genuine Vietnamese restaurant rather than being a Chinese Restaurant that somehow morphed into being Vietnamese by virtue of doing nothing more than slightly changing the menu. Anyone that I invited to join me for a meal was more than impressed.

A while ago new management took over and they undertook many changes some of which were more successful than others and having learned from experience they shutdown for a week and then relaunched as Mr. Dinh and today was their first day.

They did a strange thing in that their core cuisine is now Hong Kong Chinese but they are also offering other Asian cuisines including Japanese and to a lesser extent Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese.

What I like is that they are not offering Fusion Asian which is frequently a bit of a con but rather they are offering Hong Kong style dining as you would expect if you were to visit Hong Kong.

In case you are not aware the excellent Hungry Mexican has relocated to Aston Quay but will not be open to the public until August. Also if you are a Pizza fan you must visit BoCo on Bolton Street.