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Well I’ve been a busy boy since my last blog…..

For about a year I’ve had my eye on the old schoolhouse in Enniskerry village with the idea that it would make an incredible venue for ‘all things art’ and after a bit of nudging, pestering and veiled threats I eventually got my hands on it in August…

…introducing –

SfA logo colour

The Schoolhouse for Art is in essence an educational facility for the study and exploration of arts

and crafts. Located in ‘the old schoolhouse’ in beautiful Enniskerry village, it is a place for learning,

an exhibition space and a meeting place, where images and ideas mingle. It caters for all ages and

all artistic abilities.

For the whole story and class/workshop details have a click on us


My daughter Lana

Lana wedding by Ben


A preview in advance of the ‘official’ photographs – my stunning and contented daughter and the new wife of a very happy Andy Byrne.

To say it was a great few days would be a gross understatement, we had a spectacular time in cracking weather surrounded by great people from start to finish.

The proud ‘father of the bride’ is still glowing 🙂



A Scibbidy doodle

One of my youngest son Scott’s doodles – college student, part-time cartoonist and professor of lateral thinking!

I love this concept…….




Lotto typo – I was right…..

Well my suspicion that the Irish Lotto made a major clanger last Saturday (6th April) was right. It would appear that a ‘9′ was transposed when the balls were being printed and ended up as a ‘6′ ON THE ‘9’ BALL however as everything is supposed to be ‘squeaky clean’ and overseen, balls weighed and checked…how did this get by all the scrutinisers?
I was in the design business for years and ‘typos’ were an occupational hazard. We had to compensate to the tune of almost €20,000 on one occasion because of a typo on a Dublin legal firms advertisement. The job was only worth a couple of hundred  euro to us for preparing the artwork – however it was our mistake…! I wonder how much this blunder will cost the Lotto (or the taxpayer!)

The following was the eventual reply to my post on Irish National Lottery ‘facebook’ page.

Lotto 'typo' clanger

The even bigger question – how long has that ball been in use?
….now where have I put all my old tickets….!


Irish lotto error (clanger!)

Lotto clanger tonight….firstly the wrong numbers showed up on the top of the screen but then after a ‘recap’ when number 9 was called out – look what we spotted….the ball has 2 number 9’s and one number 6…….???? And to top it all they didn’t show all the winning numbers at the end of the programme….someone’s head’s going to roll!

Did someone say scam?

Lotto-balls Lotto-ball

a little plug for Mrs C…..

My wife Jean is a milliner (her hat shop is in Enniskerry village This is the  lovely  TV3′s ‘Xposé’ presenter Aisling O’Loughlin wearing one of Jean’s hats at a recent wedding – nice one Mrs C. x. (that should earn me a few brownie points?).

I looked out my…

I looked out my window this morning and saw Enniskerry in the Sun’s warm embrace, I couldn’t stop staring, I think they’ll go all the way! 

Thanks everyone….especially Sineád

Thanks everyone for all the kind words about my painting ‘upon small shoulders‘ and the ‘fame’ status it’s achieving. At last after what seemed like an eternity Sineád’O’Connor‘s album ‘How about I be me (and you be you?)‘ is on the shelves and getting incredible reviews. I still can’t get over seeing my work spread all over the globe albeit on the back of Sineád’s success. When she initially approached me I was more impressed that ‘Sineád O’Connor’ was buying my painting than the exposure I’d get being associated with her album. She seemed demure and totally ordinary when I met her first, I was expecting a bit of a ‘diva’ and was blindsided by how totally unaffected she was. Typically my mouth detached from my brain and I went into verbal autopilot. Herself and her lovely daughter Roisin were examining the painting while I was trying to act unfazed and appear like a self-confident artist – I failed on both counts! Don’t you wish you could reshoot those awkward moments. Over the past six months since we first met I’ve had occasional bursts of communication with Sineád, I’ve also watched her highs and desperate lows and worried about her ability to cope with the pressure that she was under.

I saw Sineád perform in the Olympia in Dublin with my daughter Lana (Roisin was one of the backing vocalists) her concert was both emotional and powerful, we were totally blown away. I knew then that her album…our album…would be huge….thanks Sineád, love you.


did I happen to mention…….

OK form an orderly queue…..IT’S IN YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE…..!!!!

I’ve been waiting to have this in my hands for months…it’s been worth the wait!

In case you missed one of my many ego stroking posts here or on Facebook (where have you been for the last few months?) – the cover painting of Sinéad’s CD is ‘upon small shoulders’ by yours truly 🙂
Do I have limited edition prints did I hear you say……well as it happens…I do!

Scouts honor, ‘bragging rights’ will be wound down – eventually!


Graham wasn’t as wrong as we thought…

Following on from my last post – the mystery is solved – I was reliably informed that the album cover that Graham Norton had was in fact a sleeve (slip case) with Sinéad O’Connor’s pic on it . Seemingly the sleeve is going on her CDs in Europe. The nice people in the US won’t have a sleeve and will have my painting on view. Dito for the vinyl album too. So for my followers out there in Europeland don’t fret if you can’t instantly see my painting, it’s still there – sure I’ll email the seven of you personally!

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