BEACH BEAR IN GREYSTONESIN MEMORY OF CAROLINE DWYER HICKEY

A BEAR WITH ATTITUDEBEACH BEAR BY PATRICK O'REILLY

I would visit Greystones to meet this guy … what about you?

I photographed this in 2016 and when I last visited it had turned green ... must be the salt from the sea?

I really like this bear who appears to be on a mission to enjoy herself at the beach. However, much to my surprise, a number of local residents have complained that the sculpture is inappropriate in an area of protected architecture and sweeping marine views and others have complained that the bear will scare young children as it is too aggressive “marching fast with its outsized feet it cuts a swastika like shape against the sky”.

The bear was donated to Greystones Tidy Towns Committee by local property developer and guardian of the National Gallery of Ireland, Dermod Dwyer. Mr Dwyer donated the bear in memory of his daughter, Caroline Dwyer Hickey, a teacher at the local St Brigid’s school, who died well before her time.

The Caroline Foundation set up by Mr Dwyer raises money for cancer research at St Vincent’s hospital.

The artist Patrick O'Reilly was born in 1957 in Kilkenny. At the age of 17 he studied at the Art College of Belfast, but left after on year.


THE CAROLINE FOUNDATION was established in memory of Caroline Dwyer-Hickey who passed away on 25 March 2013 aged 35 after a nine year battle with cancer. Caroline was a patient of Professor John Crown from the time of her being diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2004. Having benefited from clinical trials in both Ireland and the US Caroline was a public advocate for cancer research, firmly believing that research will one day find a cure – she was a pioneer of cancer research in that she was the first in Ireland to participate on some trials through the CCRT. The Caroline Foundation is built on, and is testimony to that advocacy, that hope and faith in the work of The CCRT.


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BEACH BEAR


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