Seamus Murphy

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Seamus Murphy, (1907 – October 2, 1975) was an Irish sculptor and stone carver, best known for designing the Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool, Cork. Examples of his unique carvings of statues, gravestones, monuments and plaques can be seen around Cork and Ireland, including a signed panel of the four evangelists outside the entrance of the church of Our Lady and Saint John in Carrigaline, Co. Cork.

Murphy was born near Mallow, County Cork. He attended Saint Patrick’s School on Gardiner's Hill and, after finishing his full-time schooling at the age of twelve, found work as an apprentice sculptor. He would, in time, go on to become a Royal Hibernian Academy professor of sculpture. In 1944 he married Maighread Higgins, daughter of the Cork sculptor Joseph Higgins, and they went on to have three children; the knitwear designer Bebhinn Marten, the novelist Orla Murphy and the painter and De Dannan member Colm Murphy.His studio/workshop was at Watercourse Road, Blackpool, Cork.


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