|Artist Name(s)||Éamonn O'Doherty|
|Artwork title||Na hOileánaigh|
|Context/Background||Inisturk, “island of the wild boar”, is a small island off the south west coast of Mayo in Clew Bay. At present the population is approximately 85 people, with ten children in the local school, while older children travel to Louisburgh to attend post primary school. The island is about eight miles from the mainland and steeped in history and early settlers include St. Colombia. A mining company wished to mine the vein of gold runs through Inisturk, but the local community preferred to leave it untouched in order to preserve the beauty and ruggedness of their landscape. |
The holy island of Caher, one mile away, is owned and preserved by the people of Inisturk. Each year a pilgrimage to Casher is held on 15th August. The sea has always been the main source of survival for the island and the local fishermen are renowned for the quality of their shellfish catch, particularly lobster and crab. The island also boasts a long tradition of currach building. Farming and fishing make up the main source of income on the island.
Sculptor Eamonn O’ Doherty was commissioned by Mayo County Council in 2006 to produce a sculpture for the Island of Inishturk. During consultation with the people of the Island they expressed a preference for a figurative sculpture, taking into consideration their lifestyle (past and present), the importance of the sea, and the heritage of the island.
The sculpture, Na hOileánaigh, is a 2 meter bronze concave dish representing the sea and the horizon; a currach floats over the void as over the depths of the ocean. The dish itself is reminiscent of the basic form of the currach and also forms a “mappa mundi” of the Islanders world.
Eamonn O'Doherty (1939 - 2011) was best known for his large-scale public sculptures, thirty of which stand in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Among these are landmark works such as the , the Anna Livia Fountain The trajectory of his piece for the median on O'Connell St, "Anna Livia" was heavily featured in a TV documentary "Whose Art is it Anyway" produced by Wildfire Films in 2010, very shortly before he died.
|Commission Type||Local Authority,Government Department|
|Commissioner Name||Mayo County Council|
|Project commission dates||June 5, 2006 - October 30, 2006|
|Funded By||Mayo County Council|
|Percent for art||Yes|
|Budget Range||10000 - 30000 euro|
|Project commission start date||05/06/2006|
|Project commission end date||30/10/2006|
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|Content contributor(s)||Gaynor Seville|
|Relationship to project||Public Art Coordinator|
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