Roger’s light­house clas­sic

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

TOP il­lus­tra­tor and Drogheda na­tive Roger O’Reilly has just won An Post’s Ir­ish pub­lished book of the year award for his book on the Light­houses of Ire­land.

He is among the cre­ative tal­ents show­ing at Gifted – The Con­tem­po­rary Craft and De­sign Fair in the RDS De­cem­ber 5 -9.

With over 500 de­sign­ers, mak­ers and ar­ti­san food pro­duc­ers dis­play­ing orig­i­nal gifts, the tra­di­tional open­ing to the fes­tive sea­son in Dublin is set to at­tract over 45,000 peo­ple in five days.

Now based in Kilkenny, Roger, who runs Ire­land­, says he can’t keep his new book, Light­houses of Ire­land, on the shelves since it was launched last month.

The book is al­ready on its third print run. “I was post­ing my pic­tures of light­houses on so­cial me­dia and re­alised I needed to write some­thing about each of them to go with the il­lus­tra­tions,” he said.

“This gave me the idea of the book, which shows light­houses from all over Ire­land, start­ing in my na­tive town of Drogheda, Co Louth, cir­cling the coast right back to the ‘folly’ light­house in Co Meath.”

His ef­forts have seen him win this year’s An Post Best Ir­ish Pub­lished Book of the Year award.

Roger, who has worked on sto­ry­boards for clients such as Coca- Cola and Di­a­geo as well as the Ir­ish TV se­ries ‘Vik­ings’ will also have some other gift ideas on of­fer at Gifted.

“I have a se­ries of prints of all the vil­lages of Dublin in­clud­ing Sandy­mount, Sut­ton and Killiney.

“Well-de­signed wall art is a great ad­di­tion to any home, but place prints bring an ex­tra di­men­sion in that it rep­re­sents a per­sonal con­nec­tion.

“They may il­lus­trate some­where you have been, or they sim­ply serve to say this is where I come from.”

Gifted – The Con­tem­po­rary Craft and De­sign Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from De­cem­ber 5-9 from 10am each day.

Siana and Ge­or­gia Mal­lon help­ing santa switch on the Christ­mas lights at the Scotch Hall shop­ping cen­tre

Roger O’Reilly

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