Survey Data

Reg No

21518044


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic Historical


Original Use

Monument


In Use As

Monument


Date

1880 - 1885


Coordinates

158226, 156900


Date Recorded

04/05/2005


Date Updated

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Description

Freestanding bronze statue of Patrick Sarsfield on an ashlar limestone pedestal, erected in 1881, standing close to the street in the front lawn of the presbytery of Saint John's Cathedral. The bronze figure stands pointing in seventeenth-century costume with a sword upon a heavy cornice atop an inscribed pedestal within an enclosure of wrought-iron railings on an ashlar limestone wall. Engraved to front: 'To commemorate the indomitable energy and stainless honour of General Patrick Sarsfield Earl of Lucan the heroic defender of Limerick during the seiges of 1690 and 1691 died from the effects of wounds received at the Battle of Landen 1693. This site was granted by the Right Revd. George Butler Lord Bishop of Limerick to the trustees. Ambrose Hall J.P. Robert W.O'Brien William Spillane J.P.' Inscribed to the side: 'This memorial was inaugurated by the reformed corporation in 1841. Lay dormant with some spasmodic attempts at resusitation until 1875 when the Mayor of that year Ambrose Hall J.P. took the matter up and continued such brought to completion.'

Appraisal

The statue was designed by John Lawlor (1820-1901) of Dublin and cast in Young's London Art Foundryl. The statue followed a sketch made by a local artist, Henry O'Shea. It is an animated good quality bronze statue befitting Sarsfield's distinguished career, it is a good example of its time and exemplifies the Victorian fashion for commemorating historic figures. The statue was executed with flare and enthusiasm. The seventeenth-century costume is playfully exaggerated with the flamboyant knee-high boots with their buckles and wide tops, the large cuffs, the length of the fastenings on the flying coat and the ringletted hair.