Monday 27 March 2017

Artist unveils oil paintings capturing queen's state visit

A painting of the queen's first state visit by artist Michael Hanrahan
A painting of the queen's first state visit by artist Michael Hanrahan
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

AN oil painter granted permission by the British Embassy and the Department Of Foreign Affairs to capture the state visit of the queen has unveiled his work.

Earlier this month Clare native Michael Hanrahan found himself in Dublin Castle's media centre next to TV crews from CNN, NBC, Russian and French TV, covering the royal visit.

But the 59-year-old amazed colleagues when he told them he was recording the queen's trip to Ireland with a canvas and easel.

"I had to paint it. A painting, unlike a photo, can last for hundreds of years and records for future generations events as they happen.

"This visit is going to be remembered for years to come," Mr Hanrahan said.

However, the former bank manager was on a Cunard world cruise earlier this year when he heard about the proposed visit of the queen. "I had to wait until we docked in the next port before I could contact anyone," he said.

Mr Hanrahan added that he got one of his best views of the monarch as she approached Trinity College, Dublin, to view the 'Book Of Kells'.

He said both the British Embassy and Department Of Foreign Affairs will receive paintings in gratitude for the access he was granted .

Irish Independent

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