Wednesday 19 September 2018

Young artists claim spoils in competition


YOUNG ARTISTS were to the fore at Drogheda Library for the Arthur Kingsley Porter Art Competition run in association with the library.

They were presented with their prizes at the book signing of The Glenveagh Mystery by Lucy Costigan at The Tourist Office, The Tholsel.

There were three prizewinners Adrianna Hayes, Áine Cassidy and Manuel Cuevas Souto. Adrianna and Áine were present. However Manuel was not able to attend as he was away.

The three prizewinners received family passes to Millmount Museum and Tower (kindly sponsored by Millmount Museum), gift books from Drogheda library and unique certificates from the Arthur Kingsley Porter Project.

The library event co-incided with the book signing for the 'Glenveagh Mystery: The Life, Work and Disappearance of Arthur Kingsley Porter' by Lucy Costigan, and she made a visit to town for the event.

The book became a top ten national bestseller within 48 hours of publication.

Lucy Costigan's previous book, 'Strangest Genius: The Stained Glass of Harry Clarke' (with photographer Michael Cullen) was shortlisted for Best Irish-Published Book of the Year, in the Irish Book Awards for 2010.

'Glenveagh Mystery' has also captured the interest of a film company, Lugh Films, who are currently working on the feature film.

A Chicago-based tour company, Martha's Travel Corner, are bringing tours into the country based on this incredible story from July 2013. Ten artists have also created unique art works based on the life of Kingsley and his wife, Lucy Porter.

While in Ireland, Kingsley Porter began studying the Irish language and researching High Crosses.

During July 1928 the Porters visited Monasterboice, Co. Louth, to photograph the High Crosses and round tower.

Muiredach's High Cross, standing at 5.5 metres, is regarded as the finest high cross in Ireland. His research culminated in the book, ' The Crosses and Culture of Ireland', published in 1931 by Yale University Press.

Arthur Kingsley, renowned American, Harvard professor, and owner of Glenveagh Castle – vanished in 1933 from Ireland's Inishbofin Island, Co. Donegal. No trace of the professor was ever found.