The Icon Walk has been endorsed by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) City of Literature office as an important site for the celebration of Irish literary talent and culture.
This is a unique honour and we are deeply grateful! We would like to use this opportunity to expand the foot print of our investigation in to the genesis of our special Irish Culture by including several more aspects.
The impressive array of panels exhibited on the Icon Walk indicates a conscious effort to celebrate the local as well as the international icons with Irish roots. While many of the depicted icons already have an international standing, there are many lesser known figures from the margins of Dublin and Irish life who are remembered and who fascinate tourists. Iconic figures from the world of literature, rock music, fashion, sport and the world of acting all get a look in, often with clever taglines or perceptive social commentaries along the Icon Walk.
Congratulations to all the Artists who donated their work to this project. They largely go unpraised but later this week we will list them all. They were here before there was a here, and we want to praise their foresight and generosity in making the backstreets and laneways of Temple Bar an oasis of Art , Culture, Education something that got forgotten in the rush for profits elsewhere in the area. The Walk was created without support from those who could have done better, given a little.