The Dublin Writers Museum today, Wednesday 14th December 2011, celebrated its 20th anniversary with the unveiling of two bronze portrait busts of the writers John B. Keane and Frank McCourt.
The busts were presented as gifts to the Dublin Writers Museum by the sculptor, Séamus Connolly in conjunction with the Doorway Gallery.
The busts were officially unveiled by Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. at a reception held in the Museum’s Gallery of Writers.
Speaking at the event, Robert Nicholson, curator of the Dublin Writers Museum since its inception in 1991 said:
“By far the most interesting, exciting and unusual contributions to the Dublin Writers Museum collection have been due to the generosity of donors. It is therefore with great pleasure that we accept these gifts today from Séamus Connolly. When this museum was opened 20 years ago, John B. Keane’s career was still flourishing, and Frank McCourt had yet to become a household name. Now sadly both have passed on. We welcome this opportunity to acknowledge, through the presence of these portraits, their great contribution to Irish literature.”
The busts will be on permanent display in the Dublin Writer’s Museum ‘Gallery of Writers’.
The Dublin Writers Museum is located in the former home of the Jameson Family on Parnell Square. For museum opening times and admission details, please see www.writersmuseum.comForDublin
Minister for Arts Jimmy Dennihan
Bust of John B. Keane and son John
Minister for Arts Jimmy Dennihan, Robert Nicholson and Seamus Connolly
Malachy McCourt who flew all the way from the States to be there
Robert Nicholson, Minister Deenihan, Malachy McCourt,Pat Brenn T.D. , John Keane, Una Heaton(Frank McCourt Museum) and Seamus Connolly
Seamus and his wife Ailish
Seamus with Malachy
Malachy with Frank McCourt
Malachy McCouty with Dennis Keane (John B. Keanes brother)
Frank Buckley with Seamus Connolly
Brother Dennis and son John
Seamus with the Bronze heads before they left Kilbaha
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