SWEENEY ASHTRAY BY DESMOND KINNEY – HAS BEEN DESTROYED
This photograph dates from March 2011 and the camera used was a Sony NEX-5. Even though it is a poor quality image I republished it here because the artist is no longer alive and the large mosaic has been destroyed since I photographed it about eight years ago.
Within the the Irish Life Centre complex there was a large colourful mosaic known as Sweeney Ashtray. The glass mosaic comprised of 12 panels depicting the story of Sweeney’s wanderings through forests and hills, from prose and poems dating back to the 1600s and updated by Seamus Heaney in the early 1980s.
I actually photographed the large mural back in 2011 but in January 2013 it was reported in local media that “the Historical mural was ripped off Irish Life building and put in black bags”. I can confirm that the mural is no longer to be seen.
Desmond Kinney, who completed the work in 1987 has [had] about thirty other works around the city but many have reached the end of life and some are due to be removed or relocated.