Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Texting on the Cliffs of Moher

I can't remember the title I had for this painting. I included in it a special exhibition in memory of a really lovely person, Philip Hennebry, who had a wonderful ability to see things from odd and unexpected angles.

In June 2006, Philip had just finished the art teacher training course at Limerick School of Art and Design, and attended the class party before they all parted ways to go on with their lives. He had had a lot to drink, and after the party left to go to his girlfriend's to crash. Only he never got there - on the way, he had to walk down a canal path, and as he was very drunk, it was believed that he fell into the water and couldn't get out, and drowned. Everyone who knew him was devastated.

Philip was one of these rare people with the gift of kindness, and was friendly to everyone. He didn't have time for bitching and gossip, and certainly wasn't interested in scoring points at anyone else's expense. He also had the most marvellous sense of humour and was a gifted artist. At his funeral his brother said that Philip would have made a marvellous teacher - I think Philip WAS a marvellous teacher, he taught by example. His former classmates organised an exhibition in his memory in February 2008, and started a MySpace group called the Green Dot.

Taken far too young when full of promise, but will not be forgotten.


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Orla Clancy said...

Thank you very much. I'll have a look at your blog.

Anonymous said...

Loved that story Orla...I found
the comment part..."figures"

Summer has arrived today and tomorrow will be a bad day for me.
The temps will be close to 90 and high humidity which I hate!

Saw the Facebook comments by pat...
did you ever go over and see mine?
There you can see my three grandsons.
Take a look...under Maureen Maloney!

Liked your stew recipe...was it
sweet and sour? Honey/vinegar??

Talk again.