Over the course of my research I have come across many modern depictions of the Irish saints. These statues are in stark contrast to the more formal religious statues dating to the 19th/early 20th century and in most cases portray with more human qualities. This post highlights a few of my favorites.
Limestone Statue of St. Brigid at St Brigid’s holy well Mullingar Co Westmeath. I think this is my favorite representation of the saint.
Seamus Murphy statue of St Gobnait at Ballyvourney Co Cork. Gobnait was also the patron saint of bee keepers and kept her own bees. There are a number of legend in which she unleashes her bees to attack enemies. The statue incorporates a number of bees at its base to represent this tradition.
Another very lovely depiction of the saint is found at Tober Ghobnait/St Gobnait’s well Dún Chaoin/ Dunquin Co Kerry, where a bust St Gobnait carved by the artist Cliodhna Cussen is incorporated into the wall of the holy well.
Carving of St Flannan set into well house at St Flannan’s holy well, Inagh, Co Clare.
Carving of St Flannan’s head at the holy well at Kilaspuglonane Co Clare.
Statue of St Fanahan at St Fanahan’s well holy Mitchelstown Co Cork. The saint is standing over an eel, local folklore state an eel resides in the well and if you are fortune to catch a glimpse you will be healed.
Statue of St Killian at St Killian’s church in Mullagh Co Cavan . The saint is shown as an old man with a book and staff. Born in Cloughbally in the seventh century he later became an Irish missionary in what in is northern part of Bavaria, Germany.
Statue of St Patrick’s at St Patrick’s holy well at Glassely Co Kildare.
Seamus Murphy carving of the Madonna and child inspired by the medieval plaque of Our Lady of Graces at Abbey Street Youghal Co Cork.