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In light of the recent devastation in Nepal, that has claimed the lives of over 6,000 of its people, I am asking that you give whatever you can afford. Your name will go into a raffle which will take place on Sunday 10th May and you could own this painting. I will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Nepal emergency fund.
Having just returned from Amsterdam and a visit to the Rijksmuseum I was so pleased to discover the presentation of the first major retrospective view of the late work of Rembrandt. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event to see this collection from the great Master of the Golden Age, Rembrandt van Rijn.
The exhibition of original paintings on Merrion Square began in 1985 and has continued to grow ever since. The exhibition has now expanded to three sides of the Square covering over half a kilometre of railings and can be viewed every weekend and all year round.
The Catholic Church purchased Merrion Square park as a possible site for the first catholic cathedral in Dublin. The park was leased in 1974 by the St Laurence O’Toole Diocesan Trust (acting on behalf of the Archdiocese of Dublin) to the Dublin Corporation for public use and named in honour of Archbishop Dermot Ryan by the City Council. It has since come up for review again and it would seem that the new name for the park is, Merrion Square Gardens.
The park also hosts a flamboyant statue of Oscar Wilde , the Irish writer and poet (1854 – 1900). His former residence was No. 1 Merrion Square from 1855 to 1876, however, since 1994 the house has been taken over by The American College Dublin.
Walking the park is a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Maintained at a high level, the park boasts a magnificent display of shrubs and flowers for all to enjoy in the heart of Dublin city.
Oftentimes, other events take place, such as the Street Performance World Championship which should not be missed.
Then, feast your eyes on some great original paintings displayed on the railings every Sunday, whatever the weather! You will find me at No. 90 (identified by brass number plates) on the north side of the Square. Why not drop by for a visit and say hello.
Greystones Arts Festival hosted an Arts Trail in various locations around Greystones. An open submission process invited artists to submit their work , which was evaluated by Mary Tuohy and Medb Ruane. Two of my paintings were selected out of a total of 24 chosen pieces in all. This event was supported by Cherrylane Fine Arts in Delgany, Co. Wicklow.