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    Irish Sculptor, Noel Hoare, designs Battle of Clontarf Commemorative Gold Coin The Battle of Clontarf Commemorative Gold Coin 1014 – 2014 : Designed by Artist and Sculptor Noel Hoare and launched by Minister Brian Hayes in the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street. Not many Irish Artists can boast of winning public commissions for one of the largest and for one of the smallest artworks in the Irish state. Noel Hoare can! Last week, the artist spoke at the launch of the Central Bank’s latest commemorative coin – The Brian Ború: Battle of Clontarf 1014-2014, €20 Gold Proof, limited edition coin, which was designed by Noel. In his speech he contrasted his struggle with craving the largest known (3metres by 3metres) piece of solid Granite for the Beaumont Hospital campus in the early 1980’s, with designing a coin only 11 millimetres in diameter. Noel Hoare A.N.C.A., Hons A.T.C. is an established Irish artist with over forty years of experience in the Arts in Ireland. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. At home he has been active as a member of the Independent Artists’ Group and a founder member of the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland, now part of the Irish Visual Artists.  Among his public commissions are the Beaumont Hospital Sculpture, Thomond Gate Sculpture, Limerick, Sunflower Pins on the M50 motorway and the Grange Road, Raheny Sculpture. Commenting on his design, Noel Hoare said: “I find the Greek period to the middle ages interesting for their sculptural qualities. Inspired by these coins, I sculpted an angled view of Brian Ború’s head. To achieve the sculptural effect I decided to carve these in low relief. The natural quality of the pale limestone lends itself to reproduce the sculptural quality of the coins I admire.” The exquisite gold coin measures just 11mm in diameter and depicts a striking head of Brian Ború with a majestic flowing beard. Go to www.centralbank.ie to view the coin*. The original relief, on which the coin is based, is approximately 75cm by 75cm and is a highly appealing piece. Displayed in pride of place on the evening of its launch in the National Museum, the relief looked at home in its surroundings. It is a testament...

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