Rory O'Tunny

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Rory O'Tunny
Born Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Nationality Irish

Rory O'Tunny (fl. c. 1520 – 1542; Irish: Ruaidrí Ó Tonnaigh, Latin: Roricus Otunne; other spellings include Ruoricus, Otyuny, Otwyne, Otuyne, Otyyne[1]) was an Irish sculptor.

Tomb of the knight Piers Fitz Oge Butler sculpted by O'Tunny.

Born into a family of sculptors, said to have originated in Callan, County Kilkenny, O'Tunney was primarily a sculptor of tombs. Among his more prominent works are three tombs in Kilcooly Abbey, the resting place of Sir John Grace and his wife, Honora Brenach, at Grace's Chapel, Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny, and the tombs of Robert Walsh and his wife, Katherine Poer, at Jerpoint Abbey. He also carved the Trinity Stone once housed in St. Mary's Church, Callan.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.libraryireland.com/irishartists/rory-otunny.php
  2. ^ Strickland, Henry G. A Dictionary of Irish Artists. Maunsel & Company, Limited, Dublin and London. 1913.

RTÉ Report on the O'Tunny sculptures http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0823/nationwide_av.html?2807072,null,228