The inspiration for this sculpture came from the following lines from Patrick Kavanagh's poem "Sanctity":
"To be a poet and not know / the trade / To be a lover and repel / all women / Twin ironies by which / great saints are made / The agonising pincer / jaws of heaven"
The National University of Ireland, Galway, houses a significant collection of Irish and international art, both traditional and contemporary. The University has benefitted from generous donations, gifts and bequests throughout its tenure and continues to welcome archives, collections and loans. It supports local, national and international artists by hosting exhibitions throughout the year and purchasing pieces for the collection.
Currently the university owns over 500 works of art. They are distributed across various buildings, where they enrich the surroundings of staff, students and visitors. A lot of the pieces are displayed in accessible locations and most are available for viewing by the public.