Irish Warrior Princess

Contributed by F E McWilliam Gallery and Studio

Irish Warrior Princess

Commissioned by modernist architect Eugene Rosenberg, designer of Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry (the first NHS hospital to be built after WWII)the money for the sculpture of Princess Macha of the Golden Hair was raised by the Hospital Authority. The subject linked the new hospital to ancient Ireland as Macha reputedly founded the first hospital in Ireland at Eamhain Mhacha in 300BC. The dove seated on her left hand is a symbol of St Colmcille who built Derry's first infirmary at his monastery in the sixth century.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline


View more objects from people in Northern Ireland.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.