Local artist, Pat Hourican is running an exhibition at Backstage Theatre this month which features paintings of Longford town and county from times past, right up to modern day life.
Mr Hourican has been painting all his life and was recently commissioned to paint the image of the Titanic - in conjunction with Longford Titanic Commemorations Committee – which now eloquently hangs at Longford County Council headquarters on Great Water Street. The image was commissioned to commemorate the 14 Longford people who set sail on the ill-fated ship with dreams of pastures new 100 years ago, but for five of them, those hopes and dreams never materialised as they perished aboard the vessel.
“This exhibition came about because of St Mel’s Musical Society,” Mr Hourican explained to the Leader. “I asked the committee members if they would be interested in displaying some of my paintings during the recently held musical, and it kicked off from there. It has proved very popular and features images from across the county.”
Some of the highlights of the exhibition include the old Mill in Longford town, scenes from the River Camlin and the Mall Complex. “Some of the paintings came from sketches drawn about 45 years ago; there are a couple of paintings that feature the River Camlin, another of the Methodist Church and there is also an image of St John’s National School covered in snow. I also have two of St Mel’s Cathedral; one painted during spring time, the other features the Cathedral under snow.”
Images of Clondra and the beautifully restored harbour are also on display at Mr Hourican’s exhibition at Backstage Theatre as are picturesque scenes from Ardagh village and Longford town’s Battery Road.
“I have been painting since I was a child and I held an exhibition with Tom Cullen a couple of years ago,” Mr Hourican added. “He was a professor in the College of Art at the time and it was a very successful venture.” The local artist is very highly regarded in the world of arts and has lived at the Demesne in Longford town all his life.
The exhibition runs for two more weeks and is worth catching. Contact Backstage Theatre for more details.