Calls for renowned artist to be honoured in Roscommon
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.