Thursday 27 June 2019

Roger's lighthouse classic

Alison Comyn

Top illustrator and Drogheda native Roger O'Reilly has just won An Post's Irish published book of the year award for his book on the Lighthouses of Ireland.

He is among the creative talents showing at Gifted - The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS December 5 -9.

With over 500 designers, makers and artisan food producers displaying original gifts, the traditional opening to the festive season in Dublin is set to attract over 45,000 people in five days.

Now based in Kilkenny, Roger, who runs, says he can't keep his new book, Lighthouses of Ireland, on the shelves since it was launched last month.

The book is already on its third print run.

"I was posting my pictures of lighthouses on social media and realised I needed to write something about each of them to go with the illustrations," he said.

"This gave me the idea of the book, which shows lighthouses from all over Ireland, starting in my native town of Drogheda, Co Louth, circling the coast right back to the 'folly' lighthouse in Co Meath."

His efforts have seen him win this year's An Post Best Irish Published Book of the Year award.

Roger, who has worked on storyboards for clients such as Coca-Cola and Diageo as well as the Irish TV series 'Vikings' will also have some other gift ideas on offer at Gifted.

"I have a series of prints of all the villages of Dublin including Sandymount, Sutton and Killiney.

"Well-designed wall art is a great addition to any home, but place prints bring an extra dimension in that it represents a personal connection.

"They may illustrate somewhere you have been, or they simply serve to say this is where I come from."

Gifted - The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-9 from 10am each day.

Drogheda Independent