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In March 2018, Concern Worldwide – Ireland’s largest non-profit, aid and humanitarian agency, issued a call for submissions to design, create and install a ‘Memorial Bench for Aengus and Jack Finucane’. The site is located on the banks of the River Shannon in Limerick City. Aengus and Jack Finucane – both Freemen of Limerick City – dedicated their lives to the work of Concern, delivering lifesaving and life-altering interventions to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people for the greater part of their lives, often at great personal risk to themselves. Concern’s fundamental philosophy (and a famous Finucane phrase) – ‘do as much as you can, as well as you can, for as many as you can, for as long as you can’ – has not shifted an iota.
Tom Roche and Knut Klimmek have been awarded the contract to design, create and install the bench. Tom provides a programme of services in his workshop in Rhode, Co Offaly, where HEAD + HEART + HANDS connects to family, community, craftsmanship, stewardship and global citizenship, using wood and his skills as a furniture-maker as the ‘hook’ of engagement. Knut designs and makes handcrafted bespoke furniture for businesses and homes in Ireland. He builds everything from boardroom tables to dining tables, reception desks to coffee tables, all from his workshop in Dublin. Knut’s mission is to design and handcraft exquisite pieces of furniture that will last a life time.