Longford-based artist Michael McCarthy is one of a number of artists to contribute to a recent art publication entitled, ‘The Old Pier, Union Hall’.
The book, by Paul and Aileen Finucane, shows pictures painted by different artists of the same view – the view from the couple’s house in Cork.
Michael says that he is “very privileged” to have been part of the project.
Explaining how the book first started, Michael says that Aileen Finucane inherited an old fisherman’s house, as well as the land alongside it.
Fans of art, the couple, while in Australia, met an Irish artist and invited him back to Ireland, suggesting that he could stay at their Union Hall cottage. The artist, Harry Sherwin, accepted the invitation and stayed for a while in Cork. Upon leaving, he presented the couple with a painting of the view from the cottage.
A friend of Harry’s also visited the couple, and on his departure, he also presented them with his own painting of the same view. The couple were astounded at the different characterisation of the harbour, and so, the project continued, with artists of various ages and backgrounds contributing their work to the publication.
‘The Old Pier, Union Hall’ is now on sale with proceeds going to local charities in Union Hall through the Union Hall Development Association.