Death of sculptor Eamonn O’Doherty

Eamonn O’Doherty, the renowned sculptor who passed away last week at the age of 72, had close ties with Donegal. Although he was born in Derry, he always looked on Inishowen as being his spiritual home and he spent much time in the region.

Eamonn O’Doherty, the renowned sculptor who passed away last week at the age of 72, had close ties with Donegal. Although he was born in Derry, he always looked on Inishowen as being his spiritual home and he spent much time in the region.

As a highly acclaimed flute-player and musician, Eamonn co-authored ‘The Northern Fiddler’ along with New York University professor Alan Feldman. The book contains a marvellous selection of photographs by Eamonn, particularly of the late great Donegal fiddler John Doherty and other family members.

One of Eamonn’s last sculptures was that of Fr James McDyer of Glencolmcille, erected and unveiled by Bishop Boyce in November 2007. Liam Ó Cuinneagáin remembers Eamonn with great fondess and sadness in his passing. “As Robert Ballagh said about Eamonn last week, when people had a night out with Eamonn, you came home smiling and humoured by his irreverence, his rascalish sense of humour but also knowing that one had spent time in the company of a great artist.

“Our condolences to his wife, Barbara Ó Brolcháin, daughters Aisling, Meghan and Rosie, and son Eoin.

“Suaimneas síoraí ar a anam!”