Holding the world in his hand…

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of broken statue in Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

Last weekend I discovered this old Greek statue – or half statue – in a lesser known public park in Dublin.  Do you know where it was?

I’ll tell you that in a minute but first, I wanted to mention a large demonstration on Saturday, outside the Natural History Museum (known locally as ‘the Dead Zoo’).

It was a poignant choice of place for this demonstration because of the recent report which showed that we are now experiencing the worst spate of species extinctions since the loss of the Dinosaurs around 65 million years ago. Scientists estimate that we are now losing dozens of species every day and that 99% of those species are in trouble because of Global Warming and Climate Breakdown. You can read more about this on the website of the Centre for Biological Diversity here.

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of Climate Breakdown demo

So the demonstration was to call on the government to start taking this issue seriously. One would imagine that, at this stage, they would be taking concrete steps to avert this catastrophe but no – they just seem to carry on regardless…

And that brings me back to the broken sculpture. You might find it in the Iveagh Gardens near St Stephen’s Green. I say you might find it because it is half hidden in this verdant oasis of trees, fountains, crumbling Greek statues and secluded pathways in the heart of the city.

The Iveagh Gardens even has a waterfall, for goodness sake. It is such a joy to enter into this quiet world of slightly unkempt nature and to breathe in the peace and calm. But – would you believe that they’re planning to “develop” all this – to build over part of it and to remove several of the mature trees?

photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of waterfall in Iveagh Gardens

Why am I so calm about this? I just don’t know. As a friend used to say: “I’m actually so mad I could crush a grape!” Surely we should be keeping the trees we have and planting many more besides!

But there’s an online campaign out there to save the Iveagh Gardens from this desecration. You can check it out here. Also you can read Paddy Woodworth’s article about it in the Irish Times here.

And as for the living planet, I don’t know if there’s an online campaign to look after that – but there ought to be – the health of the world is in all our hands.







  1. Good to see you supporting the preservation of species and avoidance of further climate change – It seems at long last that people are beginning to be aware of these huge issues… if enough people come to think this way it may have an effect on voting patterns and then the politicians [who are SUPPOSED to lead public opinion] might start to take notice!


  2. Great Find, on my way to Iveagh Gardens to discover your find. KK
    ps do you know anywhere I may find 4 or more Gold Rings?


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