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Stone Sculpture, “a áille na háille” by Benedict Byrne

Mc Keon Stone Ltd, Niall Kavanagh
16:00 - 18:00
No Booking Required
All Ages


Benedict is a classical stone sculptor, using only hammer and chisels to create forms and textures as has been the way for centuries. Electrical or mechanical tools are not used in his work.

Benedict though originally from Dublin is now living in Sicily but spends time in Stradbally working on projects every few years.

Living close to the Mediterranean Sea where many refugees have drowned crossing the sea on their way to Europe, one piece of sculpture in his exhibition is his response to their burial at bottom of the sea. Its counterpart represents the burial in the ground of the thousands who died from Covid. These two sculptures capture the struggle for life, the pathos and beauty of the living world.

A man meeting his death for a greater cause helps explain the poem by Pauric Pearse “ Fornocht do chonac thú,a áille na háille, , ( naked I saw you , o beauty of beauty ). “

“Message of an Angel” is giving thanks for life after a near death experience.

Al sculptures are made from Kilkenny Limestone from McKeon Stone’s Threecastles quarry.

ParkingFamily friendly


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