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Breaking the Mould

Breaking the Mould

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By Eamon Delaney

Breaking The Mould is the story of modern Ireland, told through the work of sculptor Edward Delaney.

Trade Paperback | 314pp | ISBN: 978-1-84840-056-6 | Release Date: Oktober 2009

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Breaking The Mould is the story of modern Ireland, told through the work of sculptor Edward Delaney. One of the country’s foremost artists, he was commissioned by an assertive state in the mid-1960s to fashion memorials to some of its major heroes, such as the Thomas Davis memorial in Dublin’s College Green and the statue of Wolfe Tone in St. Stephens Green. Both of them were celebrations of Irish nationalism at a time when the country was emerging from the torpor of the 1950s and into the prosperity and buoyancy of the 1960s.

Both a memoir of growing up in an artistic/bohemian family, as well as a look at the cultural ferment of the time, author Eamon Delaney crafts an evocative and often moving narrative, which explores his own relationship with his father and the world of sculpture.

Reviews:

Lovingly imagined and beautifully sculpted, as dignified as a statue in the snow.
— Joseph O’Connor
This is a fine book on an invigorating period, and [it] may be definitive.
— Patrick McCabe