Easter Island Moai Statue…..in Dublin

 

Dublin Maoi

Dublin Moai “Story bud”

You could fly Dublin to Heathrow, then catch a flight half way around the world to Santiago, Chile and get a connecting flight to Easter Island deep in the South Pacific to check out the giant statue Moai heads. Alternatively you can just take a DART to Clontarf, North Dublin.

The Chilean Government donated a replica Easter Island Moai statue to Ireland back in November 2004. Relations between the two countries where at a rosy high back then. Former President Mary McAleese completed a State visit to South America, including Chile accompanied by an Irish trade mission that year. Back in 2003 former Chilean President Ricardo Froilán Lagos Escobar hit Temple Bar on a similar ‘state’ visit.

He had such good craic he sent us this 3m Moai as a present, not bad considering the originals average out at 4m. The only catch was we had to cover the postage which is what is widely believed to be the root cause of  Ireland’s subsequent financial meltdown.

It is a replica, however it was carved from actual Easter Island volcanic rock by artist Alejandro Pakarati, an Easter Island native himself. It can be found on the Clontarf promenade, see map below.

There are no two identical Moai’s in existence with approximately 1000 on Easter Island and just the one in Dublin.

There you are now, there are actually 1001 Maoi’s in the world, who knew?

Dublin Moai

Dublin Moai

 

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