Internationally renowned sculptor Jerome Connor (23 February 1874 – 21 August 1943) was born in Coumduff, Annascaul.
The family moved to Holyoake, Massachussets in the United States in the 1890s.
Jerome ran away from home, settling in New York. After trying many trades (foundry-man, professional prize fighter, machinist, sign painter, Japanese intelligence officer in Mexico, stonecutter) he became a sculptor.
His most notable sculptures are in Washington D.C.
When the Irish Free State achieved independence in 1922, Connor returned to the country and executed designs for the new coinage and made relief portraits of the leading politicians of the time.
In 1925 he won a prestigious commission from a New York committee to create a monument in Cobh, Co. Cork to commemorate the lives lost in the sinking of the Lusitania. Sadly, eighteen years later, at the time of his death, the project had not been completed.
Although Jerome Connor has been an overlooked artist, since the centenary of his birth in 1974 there have been a number of exhibitions and attempts to bring his work to a wider audience. This has led to the creation of a collection of works by Connor being brought together as a permanent exhibition in his native village from 2014.