THE artist responsible for the large-scale sculptural features based on the Táin in Dundalk’s new Market Square is preparing to host a new exhibition in town.
John Behan’s sculptures have been a much-loved feature of Dundalk life since the 1970s. Depicting characters from Ireland’s national epic, the sculptures have recently been relocated to Dundalk’s town centre.
Behan, who described by Fred Johnston as “arguably Ireland’s foremost sculptor”, is to hold an exhibition in the Town Hall’s Basement Gallery.
Dundalk Town Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Marianne Butler, will formally open the exhibition on Saturday, March 10. It will continue to run until March 23.
“My interest in The Táin has been a preoccupation with me since my teens when I made my first welded iron sculptures. At that time, I was an apprentice metal worker in Dublin, learning my trade,” said Behan.
“My first sculpture was a welded mild steel “Bull” from the Táin, followed by figures of Cú Chulainn and Ferdia also in steel.”
Dundalk FM will air an interview with Behan before the exhibit opens.