The largest figurative bronze sculpture ever made in Ireland.
Adare Manor, County Limerick
Pauline McAlester writes:
Adare Manor is delighted to confirm that it is now home to the largest figurative bronze sculpture ever made in Ireland.
The sculpture of a Bear, which standing at four metres tall, was produced by renowned Irish artist Patrick O’Reilly and now resides on the grounds of Adare Manor,
The Bear sculpture titled ‘In Search of Lost Time’ shows the Bear marching forward. From childhood days, one of our first memories is that of a teddy bear, which personifies companionship, trust and innocence.
The Adare Bear represents our lives with an air of optimism, as we all march on taking on the wonders of life.
Four months ago, our world fell apart when I gave birth to our stillborn son Seán. The midwife who did the last check of Seán while he was alive gave us this bear (above) for Seán as she was as devastated as we were by his unexpected death. Seánie bear kept Seán company in his moss basket when we brought Seán home and is my little reminder of Seán when my arms ache as I can no longer hold my son.
Over the last four months, Seánie bear has travelled around to various places to honour his buddy Seán, and hopefully if we are fortunate enough to have another child, will help them understand they’ve a big brother looking after them. But (a bit like his Mum), he’s an independent spirit and has decided to go on a solo adventure and we need help tracking him down.
Seánie bear was last seen on Monday at 5.30pm after the Women’s Mini Marathon in a black Titleist backpack bag which was placed in the boot of a 2003 Silver Avensis Taxi on a trip from St Stephen’s Green taxi rank to Stillorgan luas stop (we missed the luas by seconds so four of us decided not to wait the 10mins in the pouring rain for the next).
Another North Face bag belonging to Lisa Wix was also in the boot along with her wallet and phone. From memory we think the taxi driver’s name was Dalton (fairly sure surname) – lovely chatty Irish man, early 50’s with longish grey hair. Do you know this man? Can you help us find him and his precious cargo?