Walter Kerin, Sculptor

(fl. late 16th and early 17th centuries)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

His work, like that of the foregoing, appears in monumental work in churches in Kilkenny and neighbouring counties. In Callan church the monument to Thomas Grace, Rector of the parish, who died in 1583, has the sculptor's name, Wat. Kerin. In St. Mary's, Kilkenny, is an altar tomb with floriated cross, of Nicholas Walsh (d. 1551) and Helena, his wife (d. 1599), inscribed Opifice me Waltero Kerin; and at the east end of the same church an altar tomb with arms of Shee and Walsh and a sculptured cross, signed W. K. The tomb of Peter Bulger (d. 1601) and his wife, Joanna Walshe (d. 1608), in St. Canice's Cathedral, has the sculptor's name: Opifice me Waltero Kerin. Other work by him is a slab over grave of Denis Felan, 1597, in St. Mary's churchyard, New Ross; slab of Donald Archdekin in Dungarvan church; Thomas Fitzgerald, Burn church, 1586; John Sweetman, Newtown church, 1600, and the tomb of Richard Cantwell, 1608, in Kilcooley Abbey, Co. Tipperary.

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