We went to Cork city yesterday and we noticed this statue called the "Onion Seller". It's a sculpture by Seamus Murphy. I wrote a blog last December about his statue : an speir -bean in Killarney.
The statue commemorates the "shawlies" women market traders who use to sell their wares in the Coal Quay area of Cork City. I think its great how the statue remembers working class people who lived there.
Update: I Googled: The Shawlies and the Four Courts Press have published a book called The Shawlies, Cork women street traders and the merchant city 1901-50 by Susan Marie Martin. It sounds fascinating!