ACCLAIMED and sought-after Limerick artist Tom Greaney has donated a painting to the Hunt Museum, which has helped raise €5,000 for its education and outreach programmes.
Mr Greaney, a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, donated the oil painting, which he entitled ‘Umbrella Sky’, to the Friends of the Hunt Museum, which they successfully raffled.
Tickets to win the very attractive painting were sold at the Hunt Museum, at the Antiques Fair in the RDS and at the Milk Market. The raffle took place at the Friends Christmas Party in the Hunt Museum recently and the lucky winner was Frieda Flannery.
The Friends of the Hunt Museum was formed in 1993 to help promote an interest in and an enjoyment of the Hunt Museum collection.
The winning ticket was drawn by special guest, the popular bilingual poet and author, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, from Moyvane in north Kerry.
He treated the audience to a reading of a range of his poetry, interspersed with some personal anecdotes.
Mr Fitzmaurice, who is a regular guest at the White House poetry revival sessions in the White House pub, also wrote a special poem for the occasion in praise of Limerick, suitably titled In Praise of Limerick.
In Praise of Limerick by Gabriel Fitzmaurice:
“Stab City” some have called it. Well, they’re wrong –
It’s not even half the story that they tell:
A place of art, of poetry and song, It’s on this Limerick City I dwell.
Shinnors, Donovan, Verling all have shown in the Hunt, the jewel in its crown, I sing of all the poets there I’ve known, My colleagues too who wear the teachers’ gown.
A place of sport, a temple to the art, Of all that’s good upon the field of play, Mocked at for its piety by the smart, It’s a place where life and art converge to pray. A galaxy of artists sings your praise, I add my humble sonnet to your lays.
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