IT WAS SMILES all round when legendary county hurler Tommy Walsh opened the St. Patrick’s Dean’s Gate Day Service art exhibition.
Addressing the well-attended opening ceremony, manager Marie Fennelly thanked those who had come to support the exhibition and the artists. She welcomed the members of the art group based in the Community Centre in Thomas Street who also had a number of works in the exhibition. She said that service provision for people with intellectual disability was moving from an institutionalised setting to a community based setting. In this context her aim was to build a good relationship with her neighbours in the community. She said that the involvement of artists from the local community was particularly gratifying.
John Murphy, General Manager, St. Patrick’s complimented the artists on their creativity. He also complimented the staff for their dedication and commitment to the service users of Dean’s Gate Day Service. He said that the service users had embraced art as an effective method of expression and communication.
Tommy Walsh took time out of his busy training schedule to perform the official opening of the exhibition. He was extremely complimentary of the centre and the facilities at Dean’s Gate. There were a total of 36 paintings on show. They generated a keen interest among the attendance; many of them were sold over the course of the exhibition.