‘Hope Flies’ for Ennis art project

‘Hope Flies’ for Ennis art project


Hope Flies, a collaborative project between Clare artist Shona Mac Gillivray and participants of the National Learning Network in Ennis, will shortly go on display as part of a national exhibition in Dublin.

Artist and participants will work together over several weeks sculpting together their ideas, wishes and ideas of what hope means.

The final work will be transported to the Dublin Civic Offices in December to be installed and hung by a team of professional abseilers as part of the two-week ‘First Fortnight’, a national festival that presents art works, theatre and dance that explore the theme of mental health.

The commission is supported and facilitated by Clare County Council Arts Office, The Facilities Department of Dublin City Council, the Clare Arts Office Embrace Arts Programme and The National Learning Network, Ennis.


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.