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September completion date for Clancy statue

A LIFE-size statue of internationally renowned uilleann piper Willie Clancy should be ready for viewing in September. Initially, it was hoped to have the statue of Miltown Malbay’s most famous son ready for the 2013 Willie Clancy Summer School. However, well-known sculptor Shane Gilmore said this arduous task has taken him longer than expected and he now anticipates it should be completed in September. Shane expects the statue will be quite big, considering Willie was 6’2” in height and plans to have him sitting on a stool with his legendary uilleann pipes in his hand. Having been commissioned by Barry Merrill and Judith Spencer Merrill, the sculptor visited Aras Oidhreacht An Chlár (OAC) last April to show a preliminary clay model of the bust of the statue to some of Willie’s old neighbours. The neighbours unanimously approved the likeness achieved by the sculptor. The sculptor’s work is based on a series of photographs in OAC and from Willie Clancy’s family, …

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