A painter who helped Kilkenny to look its best

A MAN who was known for putting his careful and detailed mark on Kilkenny died last week.

A MAN who was known for putting his careful and detailed mark on Kilkenny died last week.

Maurice Pollard had been the main painter for Kilkenny Corporation (the predecessor of Kilkenny Borough Council) from 1960 until his retirement in August 1994.

During that time he could be seen painting the railings around the city and the gold leaf on the City Hall clock, in addition to the artwork he created in his spare time. He had previously worked with Brodericks from 1949-55 and with John Fitzgerald from 1958-59.

One of his more memorable projects with the Corporation was a viewing stand for a St Patrick’s Day parade, his niece Pauline Gosse recalled. Having been asked to create large scenes to adorn the stand, “he was in the workshop for weeks”, and it was something he remained proud of in the years to come.

He also worked to restore the old lanterns that are now displayed around Kilkenny. Having discovered them in the basement of City Hall, “he brought them back to life”, his niece said.

He was a native of James’s Green, Kilkenny, where he lived for most of his life, and as Ms Gosse said: “He loved Kilkenny, he loved the history of the town and he loved chatting to people about the town.”

He had been a resident at Archersrath Nursing Home since January, having previously been a resident at St Canice’s Hospital. Mr Pollard died on September 6 and following requiem Mass was buried in St Kieran’s Cemetery.