The Inquisitive Hare
If you can catch a hare
And look into its eye
You will see the whole world
Sculpture on Grounds of Scoil Náisiunta Íomair, Killimor
The Inquisitive Hare stands on the grounds of Scoil Náisiunta Íomair, Killimor. This piece of sculpture is located on the long strip of grass in front of the school building, is facing the main road and looking out to the Killimor community.
Design and Creation
It was designed and created by Donnacha Cahill, Slieverue, Athenry. Donnacha, on being commissioned to carry out the project, and in consultation with the school staff and pupils, chose the hare as his subject. He stated in his Proposal “The hare looking through the telescope represents the quest for knowledge and information, while also acting as a guardian for the school and the Killimor area. It makes reference to the esker and the scholars and pilgrims that may have travelled across this highway and the stories and experiences they brought with them.” The hare stands on a stack of books and the books incorporate simple designs along the spines, which were suggested by the pupils and teachers. These designs are based on their own stories, experiences and events relating to the school. The base, on which the hare stands, has additional designs which were devised by the pupils. The designs were made in a series of workshops conducted by Donnacha in Scoil Íomair and were documented at every stage by Rafal Winnick, who is a film maker.
Unveiling of Sculpture
The sculpture was unveiled on 14th November 2014 by former Principal, Angela Geoghegan.
Present at the ceremony were the Principal, staff and pupils of Scoil Íomair, Fr. Ciarán Kitching and members of the Board of Management, representatives of the Parents’ Association, retired teachers, parents, past pupils and visitors.
The ceremony concluded with a recital by the Army Band, Athlone, in the school auditorium.