The Children of Lir
|Artist Name(s)||Oisín Kelly|
|Artwork title||The Children of Lir|
|Context/Background||The Children of Lir was commissioned for the Garden of Remembrance on Dublin's Parnell Square. The Garden was designed by former Dublin City Architect Daithi P. Hanly, who commissioned Oisín Kelly to make a statue to commemorate Irish freedom fighters. It was unveiled on Easter Monday 1966, the golden jubilee of the Easter Rising, by then President Eamon de Valera. The sculpture drew criticism on the grounds that it was not fitting that a subject from pagan legend, in this case the Children of Lir, should be the basis of a public monument in a Christian country.|
Kelly’s work is made of copper bronze and depicts the four figures of the children (Of Lir), and four swans: according to the legend the children were transformed into swans for 300 years.
A plaque next to the statue carries the words:
Oisín Kelly (1915 - 1981) was born Austin Kelly in Dublin and worked as a teacher until he became artist in residence at the Kilkenny Design Centre in 1966. He initially attended night class at the National College of Art and studied under Henry Moore from 1948–1949.
At first Kelly made small wood carvings and early commissions were mostly for Catholic churches. He became well known after he was commissioned to do a sculpture, The Children of Lir (1964), for Parnell Square's Garden of Remembrance, which opened in 1966 on the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising. More public commissions followed, including the statue of James Larkin on Dublin's O'Connell Street and the sculpture Oisín Goes to Tir Na Nóg, at the Irish Life Mall Plaza.
The Life and Work of Oisín Kelly by Dr Fergus Kelly, Irish Arts Review
|Commissioner Name||Office of Public Works (OPW)|
|Project commission dates||April 15, 1964 - April 15, 1966|
|Budget Range||0 - 10000 euro|
|Project commission start date||15/04/1964|
|Project commission end date||15/04/1966|
|Location||Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, Ireland.|
|Street Address||Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin 1, Ireland.|
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|Content contributor(s)||Anne Mullee|
Greystones Educate Together National School appointed a voluntary committee with relevant expertise to oversee the per cent for art commissioning process. An external curator, Máire Davey, was appointed specifically for her expertise in working in a highly collaborative way as meaningful involvement from the students and school was viewed as central to the process. The procurement route chosen was limited invited competition.