John J. Hearne

1000 1169 ELIZABETH O'KANE

1893 – 1969
Architect of the Irish Constitution 1937
First Irish Ambassador to the United States 1950-1960

Bronze
72 x 70 x 40 cm
30″ x 27″ x 14″
2017

Cathedral Square, Waterford City
Commissioned by Waterford Treasures Museum. Unveiled by Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, 2017.

The Irish Embassy, Washington DC
Bronze replica unveiled by Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America, Daniel Mulhall, April 2018.

Gardens of The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Iveagh House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin
Bronze cast installed autumn 2019

One and a half times life size bronze bust of John Joseph Hearne who drafted the Irish Constitution in 1937. Born in Waterford City, Hearne was barrister and a diplomat and was the first ever Irish Ambassador to the United States of America, and famously started the tradition of presenting shamrock to the American President on St. Patrick’s Day.

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