Participating artists raise funds for hospice under the Harold’s Cross Dublin umbrella

ONE of the first ever charity events since the pandemic reached Ireland took place at the end of August in County Wicklow, a fundraiser under the Harold’s Cross, Dublin umbrella.

Artist and fundraising volunteer Nicola Faull (left) and Campaign & Events Coordinator Sinead Tarmey for Wicklow Hospice Ireland

Artist Denis Connolly of Tinakilly House Wicklow Ireland (l-r), Deborah Von Metzradt, Katherine Lapsley-Joyce and artist Colin Dunne

Artist Keneln Farrell with some of her work on display inside Tinakilly House in Wicklow Ireland

The style stakes were high for David Curran and Anne Hayden in their bespoke vintage fashions

The ‘Arts Supporting Wicklow Hospice’ fundraiser, one of three among the Harold’s Cross hospices including Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and Blackrock in Dublin brought seven talented artists together, raising funds at a time of severe impact for charities around the world.

The exhibition of works in aid of the recently opened Wicklow Hospice was sponsored by Tinakilly House Hotel in Wicklow and the recently released Tandem Irish Whiskey.

“Wicklow Hospice is very grateful to Tinakilly House Hotel for hosting this wonderful art exhibition and choosing them ad their charity of choice, said Hospice Campaign & Events Coordinator. (The) first patients (were accepted) in December 2020, a very proud moment for the people of County Wicklow and beyond. (We) are very grateful to Tinakilly House Hotel for hosting this wonderful art exhibition and choosing them as the charity of choice. At a time when fundraising has been severely impacted it was heart-warming to see the community continue to provide much needed support.”

Author Tricia Holbrook raised funds for hospice care with her debut novel at the fundraiser ini Tinakilly House, Wicklow Ireland

Artist Rubi Vaccaro, putting the finishing touches on one of her watercolours available for sale at the hospice fundraiser in Tinakilly House, Wicklow Ireland

Pictured with one of his paintings that was available for sale at the hospice fundraiser is artist Colin Dunne

Artist Hollie McDonald donated some of her work to the hospice fundraiser at Tinakilly House, Wicklow Ireland where she was accompanied by Shane O’Brian

All of the proceeds from multi-media works sold along with a debut novel supported the work of specialist palliative care for patients with life-limiting illnesses as well as their loved ones, and the exhibition and sales continued in the hotel 7 September.

“spending time looking at a picture is an experience I would recommend,” said participating artist Colin Dunne. “Examine the feelings you get, derived from the texture, colour, composition and what it conveys to you. Our souls need nourishment in the exact same way our bodies do.”

Find out more about hospices in Ireland under the Harold’s Cross umbrella, Blackrock Hospice Harold’s Cross Hospice at

Gallery owner and artist Kathrina Shine, wearing her art beside one of her paintings at the hospice fundraiser

Contributing Artist Louise Cherry, her husband and renowned Irish architect Ronan Rose-Roberts and their daughter Juno Cherry-Roberts at the fundraiser

Claudia and Louis Curran were shopping for special pieces at the Arts Supporting Wicklow Hospice fundraiser

Newly engaged to be married couple James Connolly and Hannah Brady-Smith, pictured beside the aptly named ‘The Proposal’, a painting by his father Denis Connolly

Added participating artist Denis Connolly of Tinakilly House Hotel: “The whole important point was an impactful fundraiser to try and get in money for Hospice. It’s important to know that every penny raised is going to the hospice.”


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Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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