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Eamonn O'Doherty (b1939)
Eamonn O'Doherty is best known for his large-scale public sculptures, thirty of which stand in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Among these are landmark works such as the James Connolly Memorial and the "Tree of Gold" in central Dublin, the Quincentennial Sculpture in Eyre Square, Galway, and The Great Hunger Memorial in Westchester, New York, the latter completed in 2001 and described by the New York Times as "this great work". He is also a painter, printmaker and photographer and has won major awards for painting at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, the Claremorris Open, and Arnott's National Portrait Competition and this year, 2006, was awarded the Connor/Moran prize for sculpture at the annual R.H.A. exhibition. An exhibition of his photographs from the Irish Traditional Music Archive recently toured the U.S.A. and was exhibited at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History at U.C.L.A., Glucksman House at New York University and the University of Virginia. In a parallel academic career, O'Doherty took a Degree in Architecture at University College, Dublin and was Visiting Scholar at the G.S.D. in Harvard University. He taught at the University of Jordan, was exchange Professor at the University of Nebraska and the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and the Dun Laoighre School of Art. He is the co-author of books on the diverse subjects of environmental planning and traditional Irish music. He was for many years Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology but relinquished teaching for good in 2002 to concentrate on artwork.