Longford artist centre stage at Irish Embassy

Acclaim at St Brigid's Day event for artist Maeve Saunton

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Longford artist centre stage at Irish Embassy

Maeve Staunton, originally from Longford town, pictured with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, at the St Brigid's Day celebrations in the Irish Embassy, London

There was a distinct Longford feel to a major event at the Irish Embassy in London recently.

As part of its St Brigid's Day celebrations, Maeve Staunton, originally from Longford town, and now based in London, was recently commissioned by the Women’s Irish Network, to design an installation that took centre stage at the event.

The event, which celebrated the creativity of Irish women, took place on St Brigid’s Day, and was attended by renowned figures from diverse fields including award-winning TV actor, writer and producer Sharon Horgan, international fashion designer Orla Kiely, Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon and the uniquely-talented Camille O'Sullivan.

Also in attendance was President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, who spoke at length to Maeve about her work.

Drawing inspiration from the life story of St Brigid, and her legacy as Patron Saint of Illuminators & Metal Workers, Maeve used brass and gilt lettering to illuminate inspirational quotes for contemporary women in business.

Crystal was also incorporated to signify the light that Brigid brought through her charitable and educational work.

As guests ascended the grand staircase, the shape of a St Brigid’s cross was revealed, and the verticality of the work is reminiscent of a reed bed in spring.

Maeve is currently a board member of Women’s Irish Network, a business network in London. Other members include Norah Casey, Roslaeen Blair CBE and Lady Mary Clancy. She is contactable via the website www.stauntonhenderson.com.

Taking the photos at the event was another man with strong Longford town connections. Malcolm McNally, is a son of the legendary Mel McNally, and the duo still have many friends and relations back home in Longford town.