John J. Hearne


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

72 x 70 x 40 cm
30″ x 27″ x 14″

Cathedral Square, Waterford City
Commissioned by Waterford Treasures Museum.

The Irish Embassy, Washington DC
Bronze replica to be unveiled in April 2018

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

Unveiling of the sculpture by Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, 2017.