The Three Graces, Dublin

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  • I went from the hotel. Even notice in forms such as seated on the walls statues of the three, said to be quiet and decorated.
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  • The sculpture The Three Graces graced the facade of the Technical University of Dublin (Dublin Institutes of Technology).
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  • This Sculpture is known as the “THREE GRACES” and it is by Gabriel Hayes so it is likely that it was based on ‘The Three Fates’ who were the weavers of destiny. It is easy to forget just how much things have changed for women in Ireland . Back in 1941 the Archbishop Of Dublin described the college at Cathal Brugha Street, then known as St Mary’s College of Domestic Science, as follows: “I am glad to bless this house, because its work will reach to the foundations of human society. Here, in fact, will be trained the women who will assist in building happy homes, for here will be imparted right knowledge and practice of the home craft.” It had been intended by the designers of the building to include sculptures in bays outside, at either end of the entrance facade but a contract was not awarded until late in 1943. Gabriel Hayes got the contract in November 1943 and was allowed three years to complete the work and in return received instalments over that period amounting to £1,470. I have been unable to find a second sculpture so I can only assume that the artist only completed half of the contract.
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