The Glounthaune Tidy Towns and Men’s Shed Group are doing great work in beautifying Glounthaune village and keeping it litter free. For the last few years they have sponsored an anti-litter poster competition in Glounthaune National School with stunning results. Once the winning entry has been selected, I’m called in as illustrator to modify it slightly, transferring the image to a digital format so that the image can be professionally printed into a large, clearly visible roadside sign. The above are two signs that are still on display along the roadside at each end of village, with one appearing also on the wall of Fitzpatrick’s Shop last summer!
Not content with just tackling litter, just before Christmas the Men’s Shed were busy roping in Santa, or rather, his reindeer while poor Mr. Claus got stuck in the chimney of the wooden house they made! I was happy to be called upon again for some cartoon artwork and did pictures of the children and their pets looking upwards, trying to figure out what or who is making all that noise up the chimney!
Santa House Men’s Shed
Reindeer at the ready!
2017 was a busy year with these interesting community projects. 2018 promises to be even busier with our ‘Write and Illustrate your Story’ community Art project promoted & sponsored by Glounthaune Tidy Towns and Cork County Council Creative Communities Scheme. This will begin on February 15th.
We’ve heard of dancing on the radio but what about DRAWING ON THE RADIO! I recently spoke to Justin Maher on the CRY104fm ‘Youghal Today’ show about my upcoming Art Classes and Halloween Midterm Workshops for children. Justin asked me how I would go about drawing a cat like Garfield. Continue reading →
Cartoon: Night Class by Illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe
It’s that time of year, again, when change is in the air – kids are starting a new school year, days are getting cooler and evenings shorter. That modicum of change affects adults, too, as many consider doing a night class for self-improvement or simply do something interesting for the long winter nights. Continue reading →
Cartoon: SimonOpenDoor by illustrator Maeve O’Keeffe
This year’s Simon Open Door initiative is currently underway, finishing May 19th. For a €90 donation which goes directly to the Simon Community, an appointment can be booked for an hour-long consultation with a certified RIAI Architect.
I did this a few years ago which led us to adding an extension to our 3 bed, 1 bathroom bungalow. With three kids, we longed for a second toilet. Continue reading →
Although Glounthaune, my hometown (village) near Cork city hosts one of the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parades, what it may lack in length, it makes up for in style. Take hats – in the not too distant past, most of us would brave the chilly March 17th in sensible woolly hats and scarves, with a clump of shamrock safety-pinned to our coats. However, sartorial tastes have changed, especially if the kids get involved! Continue reading →
Spring is here, the days are getting longer, putting a pep in our step. All good but what to do if you’re still struggling with excess Christmas weight? Exercise is the obvious answer. With a plethora of fitness classes, ‘Operation Transformation’ or the outdoor gym equipment by Glounthaune Playground, there’s surely no excuse? A friend asks me to join her in trying out a gym.
I must admit I feel self-conscious in my mismatched tracksuit alongside the toned, lycra-clad clientele. The bike and rowing machines are fine. I then try the treadmill, apprehensively stepping on to read the instructions. ‘Attach safety clips to clothing.’ Done. There’s a cautionary note: “To avoid injury, stand on side rails before starting treadmill.” OK, safety first.
I examine the programs printed on the display panel: Manual, Muscle Toner, Fat Burner – oh, I like the sound of that. Let’s kill those carbs! I enthusiastically turn on the machine. The conveyer belt moves and I wobble with it, hanging onto the handrails for dear life. I’m half walking/running, desperately trying to keep up. My stomach lurches like I’m on an erratic roller coaster. I just can’t get the rhythm and nearly break my neck trying to stagger off.
So much for high-tech machines! It’s easier to walk the roads – maybe even pick up a bit of litter. At least I won’t fall flat on my face. A few small steps is a giant leap for this frazzled mammy, trying to turn a new leaf!