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Artist Jackie McKenna

Artist Jackie McKenna

Artist Jackie McKenna

Leitrim artist Jackie McKenna has created some of Ireland's best-loved public art pieces, including Dublin's Meeting Place bronze sculpture, aka 'the Hags with the Bags'; the sculpture of a young man at WB Yeats's grave (stolen in 2018) and the bronze cow opposite Jervis Street shopping centre. She's team lead on Diarmuid and Grainne, a large-scale outdoor sand sculpture project taking place on Streedagh Beach, Sligo on Sunday, August 9 - presented by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and Tread Softly Festival Sligo: www.blueraincoat.com; www.treadsoftly.ie

Books: Apeirogon

I just finished Colum McCann's novel Apeirogon, and it is a masterpiece. It tells the story of two fathers, one Palestinian, the other Israeli, who have both lost their daughters. The men become the best of friends. For those interested in the political situation in Israel and Palestine, this is a must-read.