Jerome Connor - Renowned Sculptor

Jerome Connor was a  native  of Annascaul, Co Kerry.  Jerome’s  father  was  as stonemason and would work  with his  father’s  tools  and chisel and  carve on local  stone. In 1888   Jerome emigrated  to Massachusetts where  he  was  able to  eventually  find work  in   New York as  a stonemason, sign writer and machinist

Eire Sculptor

Connor was very influenced by Irish American sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens where he uses the human shape to explore values, emotions and ideals. We see this clearly in the Eire sculpture and a lot of  Connor’s  work  is a  departure  from the  Irish tradition of stone carved, church sponsored works.

Connor is a recognized world class sculptor and is also renowned for is his best known work Nuns of the Battlefield where over six hundreds nuns nursed soldiers of both armies during the American Civil War.

Connor moved  back to  Ireland  from the  United States in 1925 and moved to Dublin and in 1926 he was contacted by Roycroft  to design and cast a statue of Elbert Hubbard who, with his wife Alice, who  had perished in the sinking of the Lusitania.  The Elbert Hubbard statute was unveiled in 1930 and today  and can be seen on the   East Aurora’s Middle School lawns  across from the Roycroft Chapel building.

Jerome Connor unveiled a beautiful statue of Bishop John Carroll who was born in Donegal.  Bishop Carroll served as the first bishop and archbishop in the United States.  He was a prelate of the Catholic Church and was instrumental in the founding and development of Georgetown University.

Nuns of the Battlefield
Bishop Carroll Statue

Jerome Connor moved back to Ireland in 1925 and opened his own studio, but his work began to slow due to lack of support and patrons.  Jerome died of heart failure in 1943 and a gallery of his sculptor collection can be found upstairs in the SouthPole inn.

Jerome Connor's gallery at the SouthPole Inn

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