The statue of Réalt na Mara (Our Lady, Star of the Sea) was erected from subscriptions from dockers, others working around Dublin Port, and a range of companies. It was sculpted by Cecil King and unveiled and blessed on 24 September 1972.
A radio interview of William Rattigan can be heard above. The interview was taken by Liam Nolan on Sunday 19th December 2003 and describes details of the statue project and his part in the process. Source: https://realtnamara.net/.