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Image gives first glimpse of Armagh’s £20,000 Brian Boru sculpture

This picture shows the new £20,000 sculpture of Brian Boru, which will shortly be located in Armagh.

The public art has been created by sculptor Rory Breslin, who also designed the work on the Mall commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Armagh Railway Disaster.

The sculpture had been commissioned by Armagh City and District Council to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the death of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, who was killed at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

Boru’s remains lie within the grounds of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral.

And it is there that the sculpture will be located, despite opinion having been divided on where it should be sited.

Last month Armagh I revealed that an application for the erection of the sculpture was due to be officially advertised by DoE Planning Service.

Listed Building Consent is required for the commission but it will not involve any material change to the Cathedral or surrounding buildings.

But it will, if approved at the proposed location, require the removal of a tree, although assurances have been given that this will be replanted elsewhere.

Armagh I exclusively revealed plans for the sculpture of Brian Boru, the only undisputed High King of Ireland, last August.

Planning approval is expected to be given shortly and the sculpture in place by April.

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