Archives for the month of: November, 2011

I can’t say it often enough, the best part of any project has got to be seeing the work in use.

Walking through the hallway of my little boy’s school what did I see on the notice board?

A thank you note from Chernobyl Children International for the schools considerable fundraising efforts on behalf of the charity.

The little dolls sitting quietly beside the type are my work, the type is not

Below is the original figure as I created it.

I tried to read some of Adi Roches book about the tragedy. It was really difficult but was well worth a read. Really gives you a whole other perspective on life and all we have to be thankful for.


As if it were a sign I discovered today that the South County Bar are starting conversational Irish nights in the coming weeks.They recently won a city wide competition for the use of the irish language in their everyday business.There will be fluent speakers in attendance to get things going and help those of us who are a bit rusty, all in the cosy surroundings of the bar. To add an extra bit if fun there will also be trad sessions going on. There’s no need to sign up- just pop along on a TUESDAY night and join in. should have more details.

Women on Wednesday (WOW) is a regular feature in corks Evening Echo, showcasing women in interesting careers.
I was delighted to be interviewed for it recently. Answers had to be to the point but I am hoping it gives some insight into the world of illustration to anyone considering it. It’s due to appear Wednesday Nov 30th. Keep an eye open for it.

The results of the Ghradam Reics Carlo Young person book award were announced Tuesday night in the National Library, Dublin.
The winner was “Mac Ri Eireann” written by Catriona Hastings, illustrated by Andrew Whitson, published by their publishing company An tSnáthaid Mhór.
Ghradam Uí Shúilleabháin 2011, the award for the book of the year went to Máire Mhac an tSaoi, with her book ‘Scéal Ghearóid Iarla’, published by Leabhar Breac.

Unfortunately Hiudai Beag didn’t come away with the prize but I am so happy to have the honour of being amongst the first illustrators to be recognised for this award.
It was the perfect venue in which to celebrate the quality and variety of Irish language book publishing in Ireland today.
With the mature and very young in attendance it really showed how the language is being passed on through the generations.
I meet a great bunch of people in Tadgh, Breda, Ailbhe and illustrator Brian Fitzgerald representing Fata Futa. Like myself coming from Cork, they travelled quite a distance from Clifden to attend.
A few encouraging words from Ferdia Mac an Fhailigh of Foras na Gailge has prompted me to get out there and use and improve my level of irish. Thanks Ferdia.

Sean MacCarthy is a born and bred cork artist. Though sculpture is his main focus he recently held a successful studio sale of his sketch work at John Dunlop Buildings, Marina Commercial Park . The variety and quality was breath taking and really deserved a look. Keep an ear to the ground for the next studio sale/exhibition as you will surely find a gem or two.