In 1167, Dermot MacMurrough was overthrown as the King of Leinster. In retaliation, he recruited mercenaries to reclaim his title. The leader of the Norman invasion was this distinguished medieval knight wearing a nasal helmet. His name was Richard de Clare, the 2nd Earl of Pembroke. He was commonly called Strongbow. This bronze statue, along with one of his wife, was sculpted by Eithne Ring. They sit together on their thrones in front of the Christ Church Cathedral.