Beach Bear welcomed to Greystones
Published 01/04/2014 | 00:00
Greystones' newest resident, the 'Beach Bear' was officially unveiled at the seafront last week.
Sadly it was pouring rain for the ceremony however there were happy smiles all round as the late Caroline Dwyer-Hickey was fondly remembered.
Dublin-based primary school teacher and Greystones native Caroline died last year at the age of 35. She had battled cancer for nine years and her family donated this special Patrick O'Reilly sculpture in her memory.
The bronze bear was made at O'Reilly's base in France and brought over to Greystones, bucket-and-spade and all!
The playful bear was carefully chosen by the family as a nod to Caroline's love of children and her fondness for her seaside home.
The two-ton sculpture is made of solid bronze and has proved to be a big favourite of children passing by.
The sculptor himself was there at the event last Thursday and addressed the small crowd which included members of Caroline's family, representatives of Greystones Tidy Towns and some people from the town.
Caroline's dad Dermod spoke about his daughter and the work of The Caroline Foundation in raising money for cancer research.