Calls for renowned artist to be hon­oured in Roscom­mon

The Irish Times - - Home News - PATSY McGARRY

A let­ter has been sent to the chair of Roscom­mon County Coun­cil ask­ing that the free­dom of the county be be­stowed on artist, doc­tor, and Booker-short­listed au­thor Brian O’Do­herty (89), who was born there.

In an in­ter­view with The Ir­ish Times last month Mr O’Do­herty said “Ire­land does not ap­pre­ci­ate its for­eign achiev­ers. It’s kind of an in­sult if you achieve.”

Born in Bal­laghader­reen in 1928, he stud­ied medicine at UCD, Cam­bridge, and Har­vard be­fore mov­ing to New York where he de­voted him­self to the visual arts.

He is prob­a­bly more widely known in this coun­try as Patrick Ire­land. In 1972, at Dublin’s Project Arts Cen­tre he was re­born as “Patrick Ire­land” in protest at the Bloody Sun­day killings in Derry.

A let­ter de­tail­ing Mr O’Do­herty’s achieve­ments has been sent to Cllr Orla Ley­den ask­ing that he be granted the Free­dom of Roscom­mon. It is signed by artist Robert Ballagh, aca­demicProf Luke Gib­bons, head of col­lec­tions at IMMA Christina Kennedy, Trin­ity Col­lege art his­to­rian Dr Brenda Moore McCann, and Michael O’Dea of Rath­mines Col­lege.

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