Sunday 24 September 2017

Henry's portrait is fit for a king

Henry Shefflin with wife Deirdre, his father Henry Snr and mother Mai at the unveiling of his portrait in the National Gallery of Ireland. Photo: Maxwells
Henry Shefflin with wife Deirdre, his father Henry Snr and mother Mai at the unveiling of his portrait in the National Gallery of Ireland. Photo: Maxwells

Legendary Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin was joined by his wife and parents as his portrait became the latest to join the National Gallery of Ireland collection.

The 10-time All Ireland winner seemed suitably impressed as the oil painting was unveiled in Dublin yesterday. In a rare show of support for Henry from Tipperary, the stunning painting was produced by Tipp-born artist Gerry Davis.

Henry was joined by his wife Deirdre, father Henry Sr and mother Mai at the unveiling. The painting was commissioned by the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016.

It is the most recent addition to the National Portrait Collection and will be on display to the public from Thursday, when the Gallery reopens its refurbished historic wings on Merrion Square.

Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, said: "We are delighted to add this wonderful portrait of one of Ireland's greatest hurling legends to the National Portrait Collection which has its new home in the refurbished wings of the Gallery."

Irish Independent

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