Callan Heritage Society - Continuity in Stone: the O'Tunneys and the O’Sheas (News)

Posted: Monday, 09 July 2012

The Callan Heritage Society will be hosting their second conference on the 27 - 29 July in The Friary (Droichead Resource Centre), Mill Street, Callan, Co Kilkenny. This conference will build on the first conference in 2010 while emphasizing the continuity of practice in Callan by focusing also on the O'Shea sculptors.

An extraordinary flowering of sculptural and architectural stonecarving occurred in the period 1500-1600 in Kilkenny city and county. Callan as the most important town in the county was the base of the O'Tunney school of sculptors who, unusually, signed their work. Magnificent carving on many funeral monuments still speaks to us today of the skill of Rory, William, Patrick and James O'Tunney and of the wealth and tastes of their patrons.

To download the programme for this conference, please click here.