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I am not sure what else to say about this one. Luke Kelly is probably still regarded as one of the most important folk artists to come out of Ireland in the 20th century. He had a reputation for working hard and playing hard. Forty three is too young to go, but he certainly made his mark while he was here! Some of the titles he is most associated with include Whiskey in the Jar, Rocky Road to Dublin and Scorn not his Simplicity. Call me biased but I couldn’t ignore that wild head of red hair!

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“Continuous as the stars that shine”
William Wordsworth is not an irish writer but he holds a special place in my heart.
So far as I can recall The Daffodils marked the end of nursery rhymes and the start of poetry for me. It
must have been in second or third class when we were exposed to a piece that didn’t appear in any of our text books.
That being my own experience I was amazed when my four year old came home from preschool reciting the first two verses without pausing.

Friday March 28th is Daffodil Day 2014.
For sixteen years I’ve enjoyed taking part as a street seller but unfortunately I can’t participate in that way this year. Seeing the feeling and generosity with which people give what they can to help another is really heartening. I will be buying a daff or two and I wish all sellers a warm, dry and sundrenched day!

My immediate and extended family have benefited from the services and advice of the Irish Cancer Society (and other organisations) and so this is my piece to remember those who lost their fight to cancer.

Olivia

 

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NO.2 Writers and Wordsmiths Series

The entrance area of the Crawford Gallery in Cork is home to 3 pieces by the great Louis Le Broquy. All are portraits of great irish writers- Yeats, Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Possibly some of the most famous portraits of modern times and in a style singular to Louis Le Broquy. Like all amazing art – you may see it online, in a book or hang a reproduction in your living room, but there is nothing to match standing in front of the genuine article. Next time you happen to be passing a gallery take a step inside and get up close.
This is my effort at the stupendous Samuel Beckett

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“New York is my lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment… a place where you’re least likely to be bitten by a wild goat”, so said Brendan Behan.
Of his many many witty remarks this must the one I can most relate to myself- more the first part and less for the goat reference!

Those who knew and admired his work gathered in Dublin in Grogans pub over the past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing on March 20th 1964.

This is a portrait – one of a series I am working on of Irish writers and wordsmiths of every kind

Hope you like it.

These images will be available on society six in the near future.
I will keep you all posted

Enjoy
Olivia

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Meet BB- he is a teddy bear who lives with his family in bear town. This image is one from BB sa Leabharlann (BB in the Library) and is the first in a series of books to compliment Babog Baby. Babog Baby is the first Irish speaking Teddy Bear. You will no doubt be familiar with Babog Baby as he has been adorning the shelves of major toy stockists for about 3 years now.

I was delighted to be approached by the guys in Galway to illustrate their first book and I am personally really happy with the result.  Just can’t wait to have one in my hand.

Anyone visiting an tOireachtas at the INEC in Killarney this week ( October 29th- November 3rd) will be able to see the book, I will be there at some stage on Saturday afternoon too.
The book should be available very soon. Visit Babogbaby.com for details on when it will be available.

Looks like another book I’ve worked on has been shortlisted for the Reics Carlo award.

Tubaiste ar an Titanic was written by Máire Zepf  with illustrations by yours truly. The publishers were Clo Mhaigh Eo

This is award recognises excellence in Irish language publishing.

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In 2011 another one of the books I worked on was also nominated – Hiudai Beag

That’s made my friday, who cares if it’s raining!

The winner Gradam Réics Carló will be announced on Wednesday 21 November at a special ceremony at the Sugarclub, Leeson St, Dublin 2.

 

Fainic a Fhiachra, written by Art Ó Súilleabháin and illustrated by yours truly is available in book stores nationwide and online at http://www.leabhar.com

It’s a simple story of a little buy who’s forever getting into sticky situations but by great luck comes away unharmed.

There will be some spreads to follow.

It got a nice space in the Evening Echo a while back- thanks for the mention there guys

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At last I received my very own hard copies of “Deora Draiochta” written by CBI AWARD winner 2012, Colmán Ó Raghallaigh. Here are a few spreads from it.

It’s a sweet tale of the fate of the old fashioned circus. People are not coming as they once did and tonight will be the last show, or will it?  Without realising it a little bit of magic from Coco the clown saves the day.

Thanks gain to Ray at Link Associates for some lovely typopgraphy.

It’s is available from http://www.leabhar.com and all good book stores.

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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.