Aileen Anne Brannigan
Aileen Anne Brannigan is a Stone Carver, Letter Carver, and Sculptor, a native of Kilkenny City where she is based.
Her stone working career began in 1982 with a four-year apprenticeship as a stonecutter, this gave a background in architectural and monumental stone cutting and carving, after which the art of letter carving was studied extensively in the UK.
Practical experience was gained working in Quarry workshops, Stone yards and Marble works, and as assistant to sculptors and letter carvers.
Her creative work will mostly include abstract animal sculpture and hand carved lettering.
Commissioned work to date includes, Celtic Crosses, Per Cent for Art Commissions and public and private memorials.
She has been involved in the creation of several high-profile monuments; A Celtic cross of her creation stands in McMahon Street Quebec City honouring the people of Quebec caring for Irish famine victims.
In Glasnevin Cemetery… The National Famine Memorial, The France Ireland Memorial, and unveiled in July this year 2023 the Civil War Monument commissioned by the Department of Defence.
Aileen Anne has a studio workshop in Kilkenny where she makes and creates.
She teaches stone carving part time at an addiction treatment centre in Kildare, and with the Kilkenny Carlow ETB in Windgap.
A highlight each year in September is teaching stone carving and sculpture at the Feile na gCloch festival on the island of Inis Oírr.