Memorial to Cearbhaill O'Dalaigh, former President of Ireland

Cearbhaill O’Dalaigh Memorial

In the South Square Fair Green rests the Irish National Memorial to the late President of Ireland, Cearbhaill O’Dalaigh.  It is a steel structure created by Cork woman, Vivienne Roche and it was unveiled in 1983.  The artist describes it as reminiscent of mountains and megalithic structures which would have been of particular interest to the late President.

President O’Dalaigh lived in Sneem for the last year of his life and was buried in Sneem cemetery after a State Funeral in the village.  This memorial was the first erected in what has become the Sneem Sculpture Trail.