Kilkenny artist raffles painting in aid of Good Shepherd Centre

Mary Cody

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Kilkenny artist raffles painting in aid of Good Shepherd Centre

The painting which will be raffled in aid of The Good Shepherd Centre

A Kilkenny artist is raffling a stunning piece of work from his latest exhibition for the benefit of the Good Shepherd Centre.

Alan Raggett currently has an exhibition at the Arts Office in Dean Street called Undertow.

The artist said that he was always struck by how friendly the residents of the centre are.

“There was something in their eyes that I associated with, I'm not sure if was loss or hope or something in between, but I associated with it. I thought, that could be me. I am fed up of Irish people being left fall through the cracks,

“The Good Sheperd have helped a close friend of mine at a time when he fell through the cracks, through their help he managed to get his life back on track and get back into accommodation and we even exhibited together. 

“It's been eight years since I made art, it's four  years since my friend passed away. I wanted to mark this exhibition with some connection to him, so I'm going to raffle one of my paintings from the exhibition in Dean Street. I think that the Good Shepherd could do with all of our help at this time of the year because anyone of us could fall through the cracks,” he added.

 Tickets for the raffle are priced at €10 and  can be bought at Billy Byrnes on John Street, Rollercoaster Records and the arts office on Dean Street or online at paypal.me/alanraggettstudios.

The painting can be viewed along with the rest of the exhibition, in conjunction with Yulefest at the Kilkenny Arts Ofiice, which is open daily from 11am to 5.30pm until December 23.