A Revolutionary Manhole Cover

I must have walked dozens of times past the above manhole cover on Maynooth University’s North Campus without paying too much attention. Then I noticed a post on Twitter of another such cover in County Kerry, in the thread following which someone mentioned one on Maynooth campus so I thought I’d take a picture of it. They must have been made for the centenary commemorations in 2016. There’s more than a hint of Soviet-style design in the artwork.

The figure depicts Eamon Bulfin raising the flag of Irish Republic above the GPO on Easter Monday 1916, the start of the Easter Rising. After the end of the rising Bulfin was condemned to death, but his sentence was commuted and, after being imprisoned in Britain for a time, he was deported to Argentina. He returned to Ireland when the Irish Free State in 1922 where he lived until his death in 1968.

 

5 Responses to “A Revolutionary Manhole Cover”

  1. Phillip Helbig Says:

    Why are manhole covers round? Two reasons. First, most other shapes could potentiall fall into the hole if not put down exactly as they should be. Second, it makes it possible to roll them away. The one above seems to violate the second reason.

  2. Phillip Helbig Says:

    In these polically correct times, surely it must be personhole.

    Of course, manhole might also refer to something else. I couldn’t possibly comment.

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