To Michael Calnan and Gunvor Anhoj...
Please accept my thanks for the lovely sculpture that my wife and I received at the annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade dinner. It made the march up Fifth Avenue worthwhile! We will be reminded daily of you and your extraordinary skill in the sculpture which has a prominent place in our home. George Mitchell, April 2016.
Legendary Peacemaker Senator George Mitchell was the Grand Marshal of the 2016 NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade where he received the 2016 Saint Patrick Award for Peace in Ireland (sculpted by Calnan & Anhoj) to commemorate all accomplished in his career - especially his efforts in helping bring about the Good Friday Agreement 1998. The 2008 Time Magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Soul Moving St. Patrick Swan Award
Dear Michael & Gunvor,
The boxes just arrived. We opened a box, ironically the one with the swans for George Mitchell and myself. The swan is so absolutely beautiful that it has amazed everyone in our office, all of us gathering around your masterful work in awe, a kind of instant group homage. Having visited a good number of the greatest museums in the world, this swan moves me emotionally so very much. You are truly National Irish artistic treasures. St. Patrick is a flawless example of human artistry at its very highest, an ideal.
Alex Lieberman made a very strong point to me that if you do not see balance in art - even in that that is irregular - it cannot move the soul. Your Swan - the St. Patrick Swan - moves us profoundly. I feel that at any moment it will take flight so infused with life is your hand wrought iron. Such nobility. The head alone is remarkable.
Thank you so very much. God bless and keep you, Christopher. March, 2016.
Christopher Samuel Hyland is a highly successful New York based textile merchant, designer, photographer, writer and politician. He is a patron of the visual arts and music and the founder of the prestigious Hyland Awards for Design. As a member of the NYC Saint Patrick Foundation Christopher was our contact throughout the design of the very first Saint Patrick awards early 2016 and he is himself a recipient of the 2016 Saint Patrick Award for Peace in Ireland. Beginning in 1991 Hyland promoted the cause of peace in Ireland to unify support among Irish Americans for the Clinton candidacy and was the instigator of the very first meetings dedicated to the cause.
Volkswagen Gold Pin Celebration and Awards 2013
We wanted something stunning, unique, Irish, memorable and worth winning so when we briefed the forge to achieve all of those criteria we were stunned when they delivered on all of them. They were a pleasure to work with, gave us several options and the finished pieces were unbelievable. Highly recommended if your looking for something different , unique and very special.
Former CEO of Volkswagen Group Ireland - Simon Elliott 2013.
Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Competition Awards
Thank you Michael. The pieces are really beautiful and I think you really captured the spirit of the competition.
Sheelagh Daly, Head of Enterprise, Wicklow County Enterprise Board 2014
We just HAD to give you a sneak preview of the exquisite #IBYE Winner Award!
Expertly and creatively crafted by the masters of craft, Calnan & Anhøj in Blessington, Wicklow. The 'Bronze Feathering Acorn' defines the development and strong growth of the core business values, aspirations and acumen of the entrepreneurship that has been fostered throughout the #IBYE Competition.
Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Competition 2015
A Rose for the NDU Film Festival
The rose is perfect, so beautifully crafted
Carla Mooney, Founder/Director of the Silk Road Film Festival about our bronze rose which was presented at an award ceremony at the Notre Dame International Film Festival in Lebanon - November 2015.
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