The piece by popular local artist Una Heaton
A POPULAR Limerick artist has donated a painting to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) paying tribute to the work that its front-line staff have done in the pandemic.
Una Heaton, photographed, painted a picture, which was inscribed with the phrase, 'Give yourself a hug, you deserve it', in part to acknowledge the fact we've not been able to hug loved ones during the almost two-year restrictions.
The painting shows a medical worker, dressed from head-to-toe in protective gear hugging a patient.
In a Tweet, UHL praised Una for her "lovely gesture".
️Lovely gesture from local artist Una Heaton who acknowledged the dedication of our frontline workers this year with the gift of a painting.— UL Hospitals (@ULHospitals) December 30, 2021
The inscription reads: 'Give yourself a hug, you deserve it.'#TeamULHG#OurHealthService@HSELive pic.twitter.com/37mU5uVF5Z
Una, who put brush to easel in July, said the work done by medical staff has been "incredible".
"We don't know how dangerous the whole thing is and how tiring it can be for family and friends, and they are just going about their duty and they don't know if they will be picking up the virus. They are putting their lives on the line for people's welfare," she said.
"The painting shows a hug can go a long way. You cannot hug people at the moment, but you can give a virtual hug," the artist added, "I think we should have billboards all over the country saying give yourself a hug because someone else can't give one to you."
The painting now hangs proudly at UHL for patients in the Dooradoyle facility.
Una hopes: "It will bring a bit of humanity to people when they look back and think of what they've been through, and what we can come through if we work together."
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