Raising funds for artists as state support is cut
WHILE Finance Minister Brian Lenihan revealed his Budget, guests across the road were paying €500 a head to attend the annual Cill Rialaig Arts Lunch.
Hosted each year by former publisher Noelle Campbell-Sharpe to aid the artist retreat in Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry, each diner at the Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant in the Merrion Hotel left with a painting ranging in value from €500 to €6,000.
Among the attendees were the team behind Dublin's Krystle nightclub Eileen Wright, Brian O'Malley, Conor Buckley, and his mother Christine Buckley of the Aislinn Centre.
Gardener Diarmuid Gavin and Krystle co-owner Rangan Aruchelvan also attended.
Ms Campbell-Sharpe said: "Our lunch happily coincided with Budget day, but we're dismayed to hear news of the reduction of the artist exemption to €40,000. An artist can spend three years putting on a show and make €40,000, if they're lucky. This cut will simply make artists homeless."