McCourt and Keane cast in bronze side by side

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

FAMED Limerick author Frank McCourt and long time Limerick Leader columnist John B Keane were cast in bronze last week as Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan unveiled two busts in their honour in Dublin.

FAMED Limerick author Frank McCourt and long time Limerick Leader columnist John B Keane were cast in bronze last week as Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan unveiled two busts in their honour in Dublin.

Malachy McCourt, Frank’s brother, representatives from the McCourt Museum in Limerick and family and friends of John B Keane were among those that witnessed the minister unveil the bronze busts at the Dublin Writers Museum last Wednesday.

Una Heaton, who runs the museum in Leamy House was in attendance and presented the museum’s CEO Paul Hayden with a copy of the Irish translation Angela’s Ashes - Luaithreach Angela - recently produced by the Limerick Writers Centre.

Addressing the gathering in the museum, Malachy McCourt, who flew in from New York, said how glad he was that “at last the wall is coming down”, a witty nod to the fact that the authors being celebrated were “from beyond the pale”.

The busts were presented as gifts to the museum by the Co Clare sculptor, Séamus Connolly, who also sculpted the bust of Frank McCourt that resides in the garden of Leamy House. They will be on permanent display in the museum’s ‘Gallery of Writers’.

Minister Deenihan paid tribute to McCourt and Keane, who he said were “among the great writers of Ireland”.