Pádraic Ó Conaire replica statue will not be completed until next year

A new replica statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire, which was due to be in place in Eyre Square by the end of the year, will not be installed until next year following a delay.

The original statue of SeanPhádraic, which was removed from the square in 2004, was sent to a foundry in Dublin last month to facilitate the casting of a bronze replica.

It has not yet been decided where in the square the new statue will be situated. 

Gary McMahon, the Galway City Council’s senior executive officer for arts, culture, and communications, told a meeting of the council this week that the delay was unavoidable, but the installation of the statue could fit in with next year’s 2016 celebrations in the city.

“There is an unvaoidable delay with the foundry in Dublin and it doesn’t look like the replica will be completed before the Christmas market goes into Eyre Square,” Mr McMahon said. “We can make it part of the 2016 programme, the return of Padraic O Conaire, albeit a replica.”

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