Death Of Creator Of Town Park’s Rose Of Tralee Statue

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Rose of Tralee statue.

THE death has taken place in West Cork of the renowned  Irish sculptor Jeanne Rynhart, among whose works is the Rose of Tralee statue in the Rose Garden in the Town Park.

Jeanne Scuffil was born in Dublin in 1946 and  studied fine art at the National College of Art and Design.

She married Derek Rynhart in 1968 and they settled in Ballylickey near Bantry, Co. Cork  in 1981.  There they set up the Rynhart Fine Art  Bronze Studio where Jeanne worked  for over four decades.

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Among her most famous works was Molly Malone, the Dublin landmark statue which was unveiled in 1988 and now stands outside the Dublin Tourist Office on Suffolk Street.

Other commissions were a bust of James Joyce for New York City Library, the sculpture of Annie Moore on Ellis Island, New York and Cobh,  Wolfe Tone in Bantry Square and the Rose of Tralee in Tralee Rose Garden which was commissioned by Tralee Town Council for the Golden Jubilee of the international festival in 2009.

Jeanne and husband Derek Rynhart were frequent visitors to Tralee.  She is survived by her husband Derek, son Barry and daughter Audrey.  May she rest in peace.

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