Seamus Connolly — Ireland’s Leading Portrait Sculptor

Writers Museum

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


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