Seán Russell—Dublin, Ireland

Self-described anti-fascists beheaded the statue of Nazi collaborator Seán Russell in Dublin.

Russell was a senior member and chief of staff of the IRA who died on board a German Kriegsmarine U-Boat in 1940.1 A statue of him was erected in Fairview Park in Dublin, Ireland.2 The statue has been subject to many attacks: in May 1952, paint was smeared on the statue; in 2004, it was beheaded on New Years Eve 2004 by a self-described ‘Anti-Nazi’ group.3

The statue was replaced, but during the Uprising in 2020 talk of removing it has begun anew.4


  1. Wikipedia: Seán Russell ↩︎

  2. Statues of Dublin: Seán Russell, Fairview Park. ↩︎

  3. IRA leader Seán Russell and the story of Dublin’s most controversial statue ↩︎

  4. Dublin statue of Nazi collaborator Sean Russell may have to be removed, Leo Varadkar says ↩︎

Photo Credit: Davide Malone