Frank O'Meara Memorial

St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bennekerry, Co. Carlow

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About Frank O'Meara Memorial

Frank O'Meara Memorial is located at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bennekerry, Co. Carlow.

Frank O' Meara (1853-88), an internationally famous nineteenth-century impressionist artist is buried in St. Mary's Catholic Church. His tomb is designed after the medieval doorway at Killeshin.

In the early 1870s he moved to Paris to study art. He became associated with the Plein-Air or Open Air style of painting and is regarded as the most noted Irish painter in that style. The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin carries a selection of his important works.

Frank O' Meara returned to Carlow in the spring of 1888. He was suffering from malaria which he had had for approximately seven years. He died at the family home with his father present.He was only 35 years old. He was buried at the family graveyard in Bennekerry where his family erected this impressive tomb.


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