This statue received much abuse before its demise, losing its head and sword in 1944 (found back in the River Liffey) and a rear leg in 1956. It was finally blown off its pedestal in 1957. The unveiling of this doomed statue in 1878 by his grandfather turned out to be the earliest memory of Winston Churchill as he recalls in his autobiographical work ‘My early life 1874-1904’. In 1988 the remains of the statue came into the possession of a distant relative of Gough, who had this fine piece of art restored and re-erected in 1990 near Chillingham castle in the UK.
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