During a trip to Dublin, Ireland I discovered the world famous Temple Bar area just off the River Liffey. In this incredible arts district in the heart of Dublin City Centre, a giant mural dominates a huge wall just a couple blocks from the Olympia Theatre. Even from a distance you can’t miss the imagery of Sinead O’Connor, U2, and Thin Lizzy. I learned that this exhibit is The Rockarchives Gallery’s “Wall Of Fame” that was unveiled in 2003 to celebrate musicians that left the biggest influence on not only Irish music but also contributed to the world music scene. At one point, it was a full Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Van Morrison was the first artist inducted. Now, it’s become an amazing piece of art that honors Irish musicians that helped change rock and roll history. The Irish Rock N Roll Museum Experience (irishrocknrollmuseum.com) features the giant display on their tour.
“BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD” – Van Morrison
On each of the windows of the Irish Wall of Fame, twelve different artists are spotlighted. U2 gets a window that dwarfs the others by almost a 4 to 1 ratio. You’ll see images of Irish Music Royalty including Luke Kelly (The Dubliners), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), Sinead O’Connor, Bob Geldoff, Christy Moore, Blues legend Rory Gallagher, Paul Brady, Shane MacGowan (The Pogues), Van Morrison, and The Undertones. I had the pleasure to pose in front of the massive gallery during the day but it’s also displayed blacklit at night to spotlight the Temple Bar. As you can see, some of the displayed pictures have changed over the years. My visit featured U2 during their early 80’s “October” period and the featured live action concert picture appears to be a little later (“Sunday Bloody Sunday”) in their career.
“NEW YEAR’S DAY” – U2
“DIRTY OLD TOWN” – The Pogues