Break­ing the mould — some ex­em­plary Ir­ish sculp­tors

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Oisin Kelly Born in 1915, Kelly stud­ied lan­guages at Trin­ity Col­lege be­fore tak­ing up a schol­ar­ship at Frank­furt, where he at­tended art school. He is com­mem­o­rated in Sea­mus Heaney’s sec­ond Glan­more Son­net: “These things are not se­crets but mys­ter­ies/ Oisin Kelly told me years ago/ In Belfast, han­ker­ing af­ter stone/ That con­nived with the chisel, as if the grain/ Re­mem­bered what the mal­let tapped to know.” He is best-known now for The Chil­dren of Lir in Dublin’s Gar­den of Re­mem­brance and Jim Larkin on O’con­nell Street (right).

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