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Minister Michael D’Arcy, Cllr Diarmuid Devereux, artist Michael Sheridan and Malcolm Byrne TD at the launch of the exhibition ‘My Town’ in the Market House by Michael Sheridan

Minister Michael D’Arcy, Cllr Diarmuid Devereux, artist Michael Sheridan and Malcolm Byrne TD at the launch of the exhibition ‘My Town’ in the Market House by Michael Sheridan

Yvonne Devereux and Peig Gibbons with one of Michael Sheridan’s paintings

Yvonne Devereux and Peig Gibbons with one of Michael Sheridan’s paintings

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Minister Michael D’Arcy, Cllr Diarmuid Devereux, artist Michael Sheridan and Malcolm Byrne TD at the launch of the exhibition ‘My Town’ in the Market House by Michael Sheridan

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All Christmases came at once for local artist Michael Sheridan when he brought his 'My Town' exhibition home to Gorey's Market House.

Launched by Malcolm Byrne TD, The pieces included paid homage to Gorey and the bold colourful work looked to express both the vibrant spirit and atmosphere of the unique buildings of the town.

Many prints of familiar scenes sparked memories and went down a treat with the locals and others, and Michael said that he was really blown away by the response.

'I have been very surprised with the reaction, it has all been very positive. Even after all the original pieces sold, a lot of people came in afterwards such as members of the historical society and they were thrilled as they had been following the work. They said they'd like to get involved in the future with other projects'.

Although there are still some prints available at Gorey Visitors Centre, many have been chosen and ordered as Christmas presents which resulted in them travelling across the world to those living abroad.

'I was surprised with how far some of them travelled. It must have struck a cord, as it's like having a little bit of home whilst they are away,' said Michael.

He feels that the pieces this time have been popular due to them being strong and bold, creating graphic images with not so subtle line usage.

Michael's art has previously been exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy, and one of his paintings is now featured in the Garda Headquarters in Phoenix Park Dublin with pieces purchased by Dublin City Council.

Next for Sheridan in 2020 is a show he is currently working on called 'Icons', which will see 15 pieces representing popular culture around people, places and things from the era of 1969 to 1989.

'Icons will be dealing with things that are worthy of commenting on and showing again, reinforcing our awareness. I expect it to be quite positive again, and touch a lot of peoples' memories.

'I want to thank Gorey Chamber and Councillor Diarmuid Devereux for all the help this time around, as well as Eamonn Carter who has been a big mentor and friend over the years, who I continue to have a lot of respect for'.


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