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William Orpen statue by Rowan Gillespie
Credits to: Dominic Lee / Posted: April 16th, 2018
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A site has been secured for the William Orpen statue designed and created by Rowan Gillespie. The site will be in front of the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan (ex Stillorgan Park Hotel). The sculpture will be visible from the Stillorgan Duel Carriageway. A house originally stood in the grounds of the hotel which could be seen across the fields from Oriel Lodge where William Orpen was born.

The statue will be unveiled by Ronnie Woods in a ceremony on at 5.30pm on Saturday 15th September.
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Ronnie Wood (of the Rolling Stones and a big fan and collector of Orpen's work) will do the unveiling which will be followed by a WW1 & early 1900's themed concert in the hotel with various artists (young and old) performing in German, French, Irish & English including some Francis Ledwidge poetry readings by a well-known Irish actor.

All are welcome to the unveiling which will be in front of the hotel. However, if you would like to attend the drinks reception and concert, you may book tickets (25) through Karen Dalton 01 2942359 during office hours (all proceeds go to the Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce Orpen Sculpture Fund).

The event will be attended by several Ambassadors and is an occasion for an Orpen reunion with many of his descendants meeting for the first time.

On Sunday 16th at 2pm, Dominic Lee will give a one hour AV/Talk 'The Life & Times of William Orpen' and there will be an exhibition of some originals and some reproductions of work by William Orpen, again at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.