Seamus Murphy, working usually in limestone, sculpted
ecclesiastical and allegorical statues; portrait heads;
commemorative plaques and public monuments; gravestones
and crosses. In bronze, he made portrait heads of public
figures, writers, musicians and friends.
In 1950, Seamus published 'Stone Mad', his famous book celebrating the work of the Stonies whose craft had begun to die out in the 1940s. It has been described as a classic and is a tribute to the work of innumerable anonymous craftsmen in a tradition that had continued from medieval times.