THE first step on the path to creating a worthy memorial for Celbridge native Arthur Guinness was unveiled last Saturday, 18 August.
Celbridge Tidy Towns asked local sculptor, Jarlath Daly, to create a model for a full size bronze statute of the great brewer.
At June Stewart’s home, Kildrought House, the bronze maquette was unveiled by Patrick Guinness, Arthur descendant and biographer.
The model will be on display at Celbridge Library for the next couple of weeks.
Michael Connolly, chairperson, Celbridge Tidy Towns, said it is proposed to place the statue somewhere in Main Street.
It is not known where, yet, but the short list of possibilities has been whittled down to three our four.
Although it is not known how tall Arthur Guinness was, Mr. Daly said the statue would be a six foot bronze on a two and a half foot limestone plinth. He hopes it could be in place by September 2013, subject to funding.
Mr. Connolly said the statue is aimed at bringing more visitors to the town. He said there was an increase in pride of the town. “Everyone is talking to each other,” he said.
Aided by Cllr. Frank O’Rourke, a new business association has been formed and the Community Council has held forum’s to identify new opportunities.
A new Discover Celbridge brochure has been created recently and based on that its originator, Breda Konstantin, will be lead a walking tour of the area by a Dublin city based language school, who will arrive by Dublin Bus public transport.
Mr. Connolly said they plan to start fund raising immediately and local organisations, commercial, corporate and governmental groups.
Patrick Guinness, who was present with the Hon. Desmond Guinness and family members said Arthur was born in Celbridge and lived there for the first 30 years of his life.
The proposed sculpture could be linked with Leixlip, where Arthur set up his own first brewery and Oughterard cemetery, where he is buried, creating a Guinness trail for Kildare.
Earlier work on creating the Guinness link was instigated by Tony Maher and resulted in the creation of a plaque at the Mucky Duck, to mark Arthur’s birthplace.
- Henry Bauress