This may be one of my favorite stories ever. Today's 191 comes from a plaque on the O'Connell Street Bridge. The entire text of the plaque reads:
THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES FR. PAT NOISEADVISOR TO PEADAR CLANCYHE DIED UNDER SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN HIS CARRIAGE PLUNGED INTO THE LIFFEY ON AUGUST 10TH 1919ERECTED BY THE HSTI
Now Dublin is a town of many plaques. After you've passed the seventh house that tells you Oliver St. John Gogarty "kept rooms here," it's easy to stop paying attention. The plaque to Fr. Pat Noise is welded into the concrete expertly and wouldn't attract any attention unless you were looking for it.
The best part? The plaque, as well as the priest it commemorates, is a complete hoax. It appeared mysteriously on the most prominent bridge in Dublin in 2004, wedged into a hole that had been left behind by the removal of the short-lived Millennium Clock (a hoax in itself -- but that's another story). The plaque remained there relatively unnoticed until newspapers drew attention to it in 2006. The Dublin City Council threatened to remove it but later had a change of heart. You can still see the dedication to Fr. Pat and his ill-fated carriage there embedded into the concrete of the bridge.