Jerome Connor’s American Debut

Jerome Connor’s sculpture of Robert Emmet was the first commemorative sculpture of the Irish patriot in America. It was commissioned by the Smithsonian, funded by a group of Irish Americans and completed by Jerome Connor in 1916. It’s first home was the Smithsonian’s U.S. National Museum but on the 50th anniversary of the 1916 rising in April 1966, it was lent by the Smithsonian to be erected in a small park near the Embassy of Ireland and there it has remained.
To mark Ireland’s Easter Rising and the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service, the site where the Emmet stands has undergone a major refurbishment and Jerome Connor’s Emmet was rededicated at a ceremony held on April 27th and presided over by Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland as well as other dignitaries.
Margaret Kennedy, Washington, who captured the ceremony on video by special permission will deliver a talk at 9.15pm in the Jerome Connor Gallery, South Pole Inn Annascaul on May 7th about the re-dedication.
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