Bronze sculpture depicting the poet and composer William Pembroke Mulchinock and his sweetheart, Mary O'Connor, the original Rose of Tralee. William is presenting Mary with a rose as a sign of his unremitting love for her.
The Rose of Tralee
The Rose of Tralee is a nineteenth-century ballad about a woman called Mary, who because of her beauty was called The Rose of Tralee. The Rose of Tralee festival had been inspired by the ballad. The words of the song are credited to C. (or E.) Mordaunt Spencer and the music to Charles William Glover, but a story circulated in connection with the festival claims that the song was written by William Pembroke Mulchinock, a wealthy Protestant, out of love for Mary O'Connor, a poor Catholic maid in service to his parents (Wikipedia).
Irish sculptor of Bantry