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Ireland
Fenit - An Fhianait
Kerry - Ciarraí

Great Samphire Island

Saint Brendan the Navigator

Saint Brendan of Clonfert or Bréanainn of Clonfert, called 'the Navigator', 'the Voyager', or 'the Bold';
(Fenit Island c. 484 - Eanachduin c. 577)
one of the early Irish monastic saints; chiefly renowned for his legendary quest to the 'Isle of the Blessed', also called Saint Brendan's Island
(Wikipedia)
Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross
Cast Bronze Foundry (Dublin)
2005

Fenit - <i>An Fhianait</i> /  Saint Brendan the Navigator   Fenit - <i>An Fhianait</i> /  Saint Brendan the Navigator

Description

Large bronze statue of St. Brendan; in keeping with the tradition of the Fianna, Brendan is depicted as following their battle strategy - glún le glaoi agus troig le taca (knee bent toward the battle tumult, rear foot against a support, so there could be no retreat); leaning into a force 10 storm, like those he must often have faced at sea on his own travels, with his cloak blowing out behind him, grasping the Gospel, pointing out to sea and urging ever forward to spread the word of God.
He is standing on a boat-shaped plinth constructed by the local stonemasons Tom and Eugene Farrelly.

Fenit - An Fhianait / Saint Brendan the Navigator Fenit - An Fhianait / Saint Brendan the Navigator Fenit - An Fhianait / Saint Brendan the Navigator

On the rocks next to St. Brendan sits an owl. In the concrete wall supporting the plateau are five reliefs showing scenes from Brendan's Navigatio: Iceland (volcanos), Faeros (sea gulls), The Boat, The Whale and The Feast.

Fenit - An Fhianait / Saint Brendan the Navigator

Signature

CAST ltd | bronze founders | dublin

Fenit - An Fhianait / Saint Brendan the Navigator

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Brendan, St.
  • Cast Bronze Foundry (Dublin)
  • O'Donoghue/Ross, Tighe
  • Owl
  • Seagull
  • Ship / boat
  • Statue
  • Volcano
  • Whale
  • Location N 52°16'8" W 9°51'48"

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