Séamus Connolly is one of Ireland’s leading bronze sculptors, best known for his highly acclaimed life-size portraits.
These include his most recent sculpture of the late Anthony Foley. An Irish rugby union player and head coach of Munster. He was attached to the same squad during his professional playing career. He was a member of the Munster team that won the 2002–03 Celtic League and was the winning captain during their 2005–06 Heineken Cup success. Foley played for Ireland from 1995 until 2005 and captained the squad on three separate occasions. The portrait bust was commissioned by and placed in the Shannon Rugby Club, Thomand Park. A second portrait is in St. Munchans College, Limerick.
Currently Seamus is working on a life size Statue of the John F. Kennedy This will be unveiled in June 2018.
in 2017 Seamus was commission for a life size statue of the Roscommon GAA Legend Gerry O Malley. Also commissioned was a life size goat for Lahinch Golf Course.
Previous works include GAA legend, Páidí Ó Sé; a life size piece commissioned by a committee that included Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, GAA members past and present and of course members of the Ó Sé family. The statue was unveiled in May of 2015 in Ventry, Co. Kerry.
A young Richard Harris in Kilkee, Co Clare, which was unveiled by actor Russell Crowe in 2006. His life size sculpture
of writer John B Keane was erected in Listowel, Co. Kerry, in 2007. In 2010 a statue of Lieutenant General Dermot Earley, former chief of staff of the Defence Forces, was unveiled by President Mary McAleese in Earley’s home town of Gortaganny, Co Roscommon, in August 2011.
In December, 2011, Minister for Arts Heritage and Gaeltach, Jimmy Deenihan presented two busts –
of John B Keane and Frank McCourt – to the Dublin Writers Museum.
A Wold War 1 relief plaque was unveiled in the village of Iron in northern France.
He completed a commission for a life size statue of a fisherman, which was erected in Fenit, Co. Kerry December 2013. This is a memorial to all of those who never made it back to shore.
Seamus did three “Special Awards” for this years GAA All Star Award Ceremony.
In 2013 He was commissioned to create a life size sculpture of Mick Mackey, an iconic Limerick hurler
This statue was unveiled on the 19th May by GAA President Liam O’Neill.
Séamus’s work also includes stylised representations of animals and nature, some of which can be seen in Kilbaha Gallery, Loop Head, Co. Clare the Doorway Gallery in Dublin and Kenny’s Gallery, Lahinch, Co. Clare. The Purcelle Gallery, Kenmare, Co. Kerry. His work has been exhibited at the RDS, the Solomon Gallery Dublin, Kenny’s of Galway, Waterville Cill Rialag Centre, the Origin Gallery Dublin, Croke Park museum and at Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.
Séamus lives and works in Kilbaha, west Clare, where he runs his own art foundry. This means that, unusually for a bronze sculptor, he is able to
bring all his pieces from inception right through to casting in bronze.
This process has been documented in the past by RTE television.
You are always welcome to call to Seamus if your ever on Loop Head.