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Yann Renard-Goulet
Yann Goulet (1914–1999) was born in St. Nazaire in Brittany. He studied architecture and fine art at the École Nationale Supérior des Beaux Arts, Paris (1933-39). There, he was taught the art of sculpture by one of Rodin's assistants, Despiau. He lived, worked and taught in Bray for over 50 years.

Custom House Memorial by Yann Renard-Goulet 1957

Custom House Memorial Dublin (Yann Renard-Goulet 1957)

His major commissions in France included Bas-reliefs, Exposition International de Paris (1938); and Monument de la jeunesse de l'empire Français, Lille (1939). In this country, he designed the Custom House Memorial, Dublin (1957, following a competition); Kerry Memorial, Tralee; Mayo Memorial, Kilkelly; Christy Ring Memorial, Co. Cork; bronze memorial at Crossmaglen, Co. Armagh; murals at St. John of God's Hospital, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin; Stations of the Cross for the Franciscan order; a bronze sculpture Spring for the hall of the ESB head office in Dublin, and a bronze crucifixion for the Most Holy Redeemer Church, Bray.

His private portrait commissions included President and Mrs. Eamon de Valera; Charles Haughey, T.D.; Sir David Kelly, British Ambassador to Russia; Bust of Parnell, House of Commons, London; John Field, National Concert Hall, Dublin and Moscow.

He won First Prize in Drawing and Second Prize in Sculpture at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris; a French National Scholarship; and the Gold Medal, Exposition Internationale de Paris.

His sculptures and paintings are held in private and public collections in Ireland and in Europe but amongst his finest memorials is the esteem in which he is held by generations of students who studied art and sculpture in Bray under his direction and the enduring legacy he has passed to them. Many of them, like Camille Souter whom he tutored in Bray, became esteemed artists in their own right.

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