The Joe Dolan Statue
The Joe Dolan statue is situated at the Market Square Mullingar. The bronze life-size statue was unveiled in December 2008. Thousands of fans travelled to Joe’s hometown for the unveiling by his brother Ben and the Dolan Family. The statue captures the performer in a trademark stage pose, and was specially commissioned by Westmeath County Council and Mullingar Town Council.
The statue had to be removed for reinforcement works in 2010, as adoring fans had ‘rocked the statue to its foundations’. It became loose as a consequence of people getting up on the statue to have their photographs taken. It was removed to a foundry in Dublin for repairs, but was back in the Market Square after a few weeks. It continues to be one of the most photographed statues in Ireland.