Exhibition puts Nursing Home residents in the frame

Exhibition puts Nursing Home residents in the frame



‘Margaret from Cratloe’ by Rachel McManus

An exhibition of portraits of the residents of Ennis Nursing Home will be hosted by Clare County Arts Office from 2nd May to 25th May at Clare Museum in Ennis as part of the annual Bealtaine Festival.

‘No Ordinary People’ by Ennis-based artist Rachel MacManus profiles residents of the nursing home, which is located within the grounds of Páirc na Coille Retirement Village in Drumbiggle.

Rachel, who has a BA in Visual Communications and who is currently enrolled on a Masters in Fine Art, said, “I am very interested in exploring contemporary portraiture. I am fascinated by the concept of ‘ordinary people’. I find, when you take the time to sit down and talk to someone, they usually turn out to be the opposite of ordinary.”

In late 2016, Rachel MacManus spent three months working at the Ennis Nursing Home drawing the residents. Her goal was to try to capture their personalities and to highlight their importance in shaping the community.

“The residents were really brave, most of them had never been drawn before and I felt they were courageous in allowing and trusting me to draw them. I found them very witty and engaging to talk with. I heard stories of adventure and tragedy and great happiness. It was a humbling and very memorable project to work on,” added Ms. MacManus.

Rachel works from her studio on O’ Connell Street, Ennis. To view her work visit www.rachelmacmanusart.com.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.