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Saturday 19 April 2014

No surprise to see model pupils win gold

David O'Callaghan

IRISH adage 'briseann an duchas trí shuile an chait' was never more appropriate as when Listowel siblings Iseult and David O'Callaghan each took gold in the county finals of the Community Games model making competition.

Their stunning works, including a harpist created by David and a portrait of a ruminating chess player by Iseult, impressed judges deeply.

As grandchildren of the late sculptor and town councillor Tony O'Callaghan, it perhaps has not come as too great a surprise to many in Listowel however. But people are still amazed at how clearly the artistic talent has been handed down across the generations.

Tony O'Callaghan was renowned as one of the greatest bronze workers in north Kerry during his life, with his work travelling around the world and marking many occasions as the object of civic, and other, presentations.

David won the under-10 category of the competition with Iseult taking gold in the under-16 competition. They are the children of Tony's daughter Miriam.

David's piece portrays a woman in a yellow dress playing the harp in front of one cute dog in a stunning display of skills for one so young. Iseult, meanwhile, brought a chess player into life in a highly-artistic manner showing only their face, arm and hand above a chess board. Each model was completed using plasticine.

"It's amazing how the talent comes through the generations!" Community Games Listowel PRO Eileen McCarthy said. "Their work is simply outstanding and we are so delighted for them both on winning the county finals. As they are the grandchildren of the late Tony O'Callaghan and his wife Nancy, who must be a very proud grandmother, it is fascinating to see how the art is in their blood. Briseann an duchas!"

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