The Stardust Memorial was constructed to commemorate the tragedy that occurred on Valentine’s night February 14th, 1981. The Stardust Disco in Artane was destroyed by a fire leaving 48 young people dead and over 100 more injured.
This event had a large impact on Dubin and the local community and the decision was made to create a city park in memory of the tragedy.
The bronze memorial sculpture depicts a dancing couple surrounded by 48 pillars; each of the pillars represents a life that was lost during the fire. The park and the memorial opened to the public in September 1993 and since opening it has been maintained relatively well.
During my visit to the memorial, the fountain feature surrounding the statues was not working and I am unsure if it still functions at all. This is certainly a unique memorial in Dublin and is worth seeing if you find yourself out and about in the Coolock area.
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