Kilkenny Famine memorial shortlisted for Business to Arts Award

Sian Moloughney

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Sian Moloughney

MacDonagh Junction Famine Memorial

British Ambassador Robin Barnett and Australian Ambassador Richard Andrews at the opening of The Kilkenny Famine Experience in MacDonagh Junction - the sculpture can be seen in the background.

A sculpture that remembers the Famine experience in Kilkenny has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The Kilkenny Famine Experience sculpture, commissioned by MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre and created by local artist Ani Mollereau, has been nominated for the 'Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award for Best Commissioning Practice' in this year's Allianz Business to Arts Awards.

The sculpture depicts John and Patrick Saul, two boys who took shelter for a short time in Kilkenny Workhouse around the time of the Famine. It was unveiled last November in the Famine Memorial Garden in honour of the 970 people who died in the Kilkenny Union Workhouse during the Famine.

Marion Acreman, manager of MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, said: "This brings further recognition of the important stories linked to the Kilkenny Union Workhouse site and may even bring us closer to finding the descendants of John and Patrick Saul, depicted in the sculpture. These two young boys abandoned in Dublin in 1842 were forced to make the journey home to Clonmel on foot, stopping at the Kilkenny Workhouse and seeking shelter for a few nights. The sculpture has had a very meaningful impact for visitors to Memorial Garden and we are delighted to have it shortlisted for these prestigious awards."

The 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Awards received a record number of entries in its 27th year. Awards will be presented on September 4th at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The awards recognise businesses, artists and art organisations that develop creative partnerships.