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Westport sculpture shortlisted for national award


STRIKING The public are being encouraged to go online and vote for The Sentinel in the prestigious RIAI awards.

Neill O'Neill

WESTPORT’S new ‘Sentinel’ sculpture and its surrounding public realm space have been shortlisted for one of Ireland’s premier architectural awards by the RIAI, and is now part of an open public vote.
The project is a collaboration between Achill Island sculptor Ronan Halpin and Mayo County Council’s Town Architect to Westport, Simon Wall. The Sentinel was commissioned through national competition to celebrate Westport winning The Irish Times ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland’ competition.
The finished piece was proudly unveiled recently, by American Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr Kevin O’Malley, whose grandparents are from Westport.
“The project while small, makes a significant contemporary cultural statement, as to the continued relevance and vibrancy of rural Irish towns and their important contribution to the health of our nation,” said Simon Wall, who also oversaw the recent Town Hall Theatre project in Westport.
“Please help us to make ‘The Sentinel’  Ireland’s favorite Architectural projectfor 2016 by voting with us. It is one IP address per vote, so please vote as many times as is possible. We need your vote to help Mayo make ‘The Sentinel’ Ireland’s favorite Architectural project for 2016.”

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To vote please log onto www.irisharchitectureawards.ie/public-choice-2016 and then click the vote now link and scroll down the field of 40 until you see the night time photo of  ‘The Sentinel’ and click VOTE NOW.
‘The Sentinel’ is among 50 plus projects shortlisted for this year’s RIAI Irish Architecture Awards, which were announced  last week by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). Now in its ninth year, the popular RIAI Public Choice Award gives the public the opportunity to have their say by voting for their favourite shortlisted project. This year’s awards received 180 entries – the highest in five years – across 17 categories with 52 shortlisted in best commercial, best educational and best health building, best house, best housing and best house extension, best public building, best cultural project, best leisure, best public space/urban design, best international project, best sustainable project, best conservation, and best universal design. There is also a new award for best fit-out and awards for best research and for the best emerging practice. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Friday, June 24.