The monument to Kilkenny hurling, long awaited, will be placed on Kilkenny’s most important public space.
It is being completed at present down in Clare. Sculptor, Barry Wrafter, has taken possession of a huge piece of Kilkenny limestone and is at present working on it.
It’s a mammoth task and will take the Ennis native another few months before he chisels it into shape, literally because of the difficulty of working with such a hard substance.
Mayor of Kilkenny, Martin Brett wants the life size sculpture in place by the middle of the summer, before Kilkenny Arts Festival and was quick to point out that all members of the Kilkenny Borough Council have had an input into the project.
“We have been pushing for this for many years and we felt it was important that another year did not slide by before we had it in place.
“It is probably the most iconic and important sculpture we could have as the game is part of our psyche and our culture and I hope it meets with everyone’s approval and that it turns out to be a fitting memorial to the past and present hurlers who have brought such joy into all our lives,” the James Stephens GAA club man said.
He said the Parade would be the home for the piece, he disclosed that no actual location within the public space had yet been identified but he said that somewhere up near the Castle might be the place for it. He said negotiations on the actual site were continuing,
Sculptor, Barry Wrafter has a number of classic commission to his name and is much in demand. Originally from Ennis and a graduate of Limerick’s prestigious college of Art and Design, he works from his studio in Quin.