Villiers pupil Marta Bao Gutierrez working on Harris the hare
LOCAL artists and pupils jumped at the chance to support the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation by designing mystical hares.
John Shinnors, Clare Hartigan, Jane Murtagh and students of Villiers School have all backed the Hares on the March campaign.
A total of 110 are up for sale. Funds raised will go towards the €2.7 million it needs in 2016 to provide home nursing care to sick children nationwide, with every €16 funding one hour of home nursing care.
The foundation has supported almost 2,000 children from birth to four-years-old with brain damage, who suffer severe intellectual and physical trauma, including 93 in Limerick.
When describing her inspiration behind her creation – The White Hare – Clare Hartigan said: “As I normally paint using a white background I started off thinking about a white hare. Alice in Wonderland came to my mind immediately. Laughingly I thought in Ireland, of course, the white rabbit would be a hare,” said Clare, who then started to wonder was there a magical white hare in Ireland.
“My thought journey research took me to the Goddess Eostra whose favourite animal was a hare, and the Celts believed she turned onto a magical hare at the full moon. This led me to wonder if the Hare had ever been spotted and that is where I came across the White Hare of Creggan.
“A hare that was seen only in flashes and that nobody could ever catch. Being 2016 and a significant year for the Irish, I thought it would be nice to acknowledge the rich Celtic folklore of the north by naming my hare after this story,” added the Castleconnell native.
Jane Murtagh and Villiers pupils were inspired by visits to the British and Victoria and Albert Museums in London and looking at Assyrian Bas relief sculpture and Islamic art.
“Dreaming of visiting these countries, I realised my timing was off at present. So who better to send across the globe in the dead of night than Harris the Hare.
“On route, Harris discovered Thomas Harriot’s phonetic alphabet which he used for his signature on his finished portraits. Looking at other culture’s art work can bring you a little closer to the dream,” said Jane.
John Shinnors work of art is entitled Shinare.
Everybody will have the opportunity to make an online bid for their favourite hare.