Dublin v Mayo Mighty Clash

GAA Image. Two boys pulling the Sam Maguire

Dublin v Mayo…….to be continued….

Dublin v Mayo Mighty Clash

Dublin v Mayo Mighty Clash. It’s nearly September and time for the mighty clash for the ultimate GAA prize the Sam Maguire. Who will it be this year ???  For Dublin it would be three in a row,  they won’t hand the cup over too easily. For Mayo it would be an awesome victory, having last won it in 1951.  As with First Blood, these images are subjective . I say   ” To the Victor the Spoils of War. ” This Fine Art Print will be available from my website from next week on.

GAA Image Sam Maguire

Sam and Stories

GAA Image Sam Maguire

Sam and Stories GAA image Sam Maguire

Raised on Sam and Stories…..hero’s of renoun….of battles fought and Hill 16 and dear auld Dublin town.

 Good luck today  Dublin in the All Ireland Quarter Final against Monaghan. Stephen Cluxton will make history today for the most championship appearances in the history of the game.  Enjoy the match wherever you watch it. 

GAA Themed Christmas Cards

GAA Themed Christmas Cards……the lovely Ben Reynolds at a photo shoot in Croke Park last year.

Fabulous model lovely chubby cheeks and arms and of course the Dublin Jersey. Its only July but best to do the Christmas Cards early. There will be three. A Dublin one. A Kerry one, and a Dublin Kerry one. Watch this space.

GAA themed Christmas Cards

GAA image two boys playing with Santa

Dublin v Kerry

These fabulous models Rian  and Eoin had a great time modelling for GAA themed Christmas Cards. The battle continues. The idea was that they would look like they were fighting over Santa Claus. Clearly that didn’t work out as they kept laughing and having the Craic. Looking forward to painting them next week.

Cats and the McCarthy Cup

GAA image Little boy pink lollipop McCarthy Cup Kilkenny colours Sliotár

McCarthy Cup   Sliotár   Hurley   Kilkenny Cats

Cats McCarthy Cup and Kilkenny Hurling

What you gonna do when you grow up ???

Cats McCarthy Cup and Kilkenny Hurling. Having done a GAA themed Fine Art Print Titled ” Birthright ” and dedicating it to the people of Kerry, it made perfect sense to turn to Kilkenny and their love for the McCarthy Cup.

Cats McCarthy Cup Kilkenny and Hurling

Cats McCarthy Cup and Kilkenny Hurling. Kilkenny Cork and Tipperary are known as the ” Big Three ” of hurling. Kilkenny have won the Senior All Ireland Hurling Championship thirty six times. Tipperary follow with twenty seven titles.  The championship has been played every year since 1887.  It is played on the first Sunday in September in Croke Park. If there are five Sundays in September the match is played on the second Sunday.

” In truth, hurling is a game all on its own. At the highest levels a joyous and ferocious ballet danced on grass. ” 

Dan Barry New York Times

Hurling has been played in Ireland for more than 800 years. Regarded as the greatest field sport in the world, it is a game of great skill  speed and dexterity.  The small ball can travel up to 150km/hr. CNN have listed the All Ireland Hurling Final  as second in “10 sporting events you have to see live ”  Not to worry if you don’t know what’s going on you’ll figure it out from the cheering and anguish of the fans. 

We have never heard sweeter music than that of the hurling field “

 “A hurling match is like a city of fire,  where the crackling of burning timber and the hissing of flames swell into the roar of conflagration. “

Michael Cusack


As always there are people to thank when it comes to access to the cup.  Mary Whelan from the  Design & Craft Council of Ireland and a big Kilkenny Hurling supporter got me access to the Liam McCarthy Cup.  Denis Rackard Coady the  “Keeper of The Cup ” very kindly allowed it to come to Kilkenny Castle Yard  for a few hours for the photos. 

  A special thanks to beautiful model/hurler Tomás Fitzgerald who turned up in the Kilkenny colours with his brother Micheál  and sister  Caoimhe and their cousins. All the children were fabulous so I got a lot of Kilkenny GAA photos that day. 

Cats in the Cradle is now available from my GAA page and The Hurley Depot in Kilkenny.

Kilkenny  also known as the Marble City is a beautiful medieval town and a great place to visit.  Lots to see and do here. There are beautiful parks and gardens and Kilkenny Castle is a must. Do you enjoy good food ??? Check out Kilkenny food festival on October Bank Holiday Weekend. a great time to saver the delights of this wonderful place. 

GAA image Girl hurley and sliotar

Castle Yard  Kilkenny Cats  Girl Power  Kilkenny  

GAA image boy and girl Kilkenny colours McCarthy Cup

Cats  McCarthy Cup and Kilkenny  Hurling 


GAA image Kilkenny Lad crying beside the McCarthy Cup

Can’t handle the pain  Cats  McCarthy Cup



Greeting Cards Hospice Cards GAA Themed

Hospice Christmas Greeting Cards 


Every year since my mothers death I’ve done a painting to be printed as a christmas card for Kerry Hospice. Because Kerry Group so kindly sponsor the Hospice cards each year and they also sponsor the Kerry GAA team I did a GAA themed Christmas cards titled ”A very Kerry Christmas ” 

KITTY POWER ( COLLINS ) 03 AUG 1933 to 08 MARCH 2009 RIP

Eight years ago  my Mom died from cancer. Having had great support from Hospice, I wanted to give something back.  As an artist I decided to raised much needed funds by doing two  paintings and printing Christmas cards  from them.  The painting was called ” Little Sisters “. My husbands grandnieces Ciara and Rachael were the beautiful models for the cards. I took photos of them in glorious red dresses. At the time they were fabulous four year old twins and were a pleasure to work with. The cards got a great reception and were included in Kerry Hospice Christmas Cards a few years running

I relied on the kindness and goodwill of many people to sell the cards.  In Kildare Grainne Dunne from Maynooth  sold a substantial amount. My father Larry Power sold a lot at the bridge club in Celbridge. My brothers and sisters and many friends in Dublin were kind enough to buy the cards and sell them for me too. 

Half the cards were sold in Kerry again with lots of help from friends and family. A  big thank you to all of them too many to mention here. Hospice is a cause people are always willing to contribute to and do so very generously. With great assistance I raised approximately €5,000.00 split evenly between Kerry and Kildare Hospice.

I can’t mention Kerry Hospice Foundation without mentioning Ted Moynihan. Ted was named Kerry Person Of The Year  2017 by the Kerry Association in Dublin in January. He has been a tireless fundraiser for Kerry Hospice Foundation for many years. In 2007 a palliative care unit was opened, and last year work begun on a €6.2 million in-patient unit at Kerry General Hospital.

If you would like to be informed when the 2017 Christmas Cards ( GAA Themed ) and otherwise  come out please send me an email  maureen.depaor@gmail.com and I’ll be in touch.

A Very Kerry Christmas   Kerry Group  Kerry GAA Christmas Cards  GAA Themed Christmas Cards


Two women holding cards and smiling

Me and Cecelia   Hospice Christmas Cards Kerry Hospice Christmas Card Launch 2015


GAA image boy looking into a Christmas bag

A Very Kerry Christmas  GAA Themed Christmas Card

GAA Image painting and cards

Oil Paintings and Matching Cards   Little Sisters  A Very Kerry Christmas  Frosty the Snowman





Dublin v Kerry Match Allianz National Football League

GAA image Dublin Two boys fighting Sam Maguire Cup

First Blood when the battle begins who will draw First Blood


Dublin GAA Kerry GAA Sam Maguire Croke Park

When the battle begins who will draw First Blood

Dublin v Kerry Match Allianz National Football League


When the battle begins who will draw First Blood ???  Dublin v Kerry Match Allianz National Football League. So it continues the ongoing battle  between Kerry and Dublin. Tension is building ahead of the game. The Kingdom is set to welcome the reigning champions  Dublin to Tralee this St Patricks weekend. There  will be a great atmosphere at the match. There always is when Kerry meet old rivals  Dublin.  It takes place in Austin Stack Park, throw in is at seven o’clock on Saturday. There are no more tickets available, and a large crowd are expected down from the Big Smoke  Who says that the Dubs don’t travel ??

Bookies reckon it will be a tight contest for the Dublin v Kerry Match Allianz National Football League.

It usually is between Dublin and Kerry. Paddy Power  gives the Dubs 4/5. They have been unbeaten an incredible 34 times. Kerry are priced at 5/4 and a draw is 15/2.  Kerry have the home advantage but Jim Gavin and his men can never be underestimated.

As a Dub living in the Kingdom I tend to sit on the fence during these matches which is kind of difficult when all around me are shouting for Kerry, there is always a great buzz when Kerry win.  Dublin could do with a knock at this stage and who better to do it than their old foes Kerry ?

For any of the ladies travelling down with a little time on their hands I highly recommend Nadur Spa at Ballingarry House Hotel just a short drive from Austin Stack Park. Banna Beach a few miles outside Tralee is one of Irelands finest beaches. Looking for a great cup of coffee ? Try the Roast House,  Kerrys only Coffee Roastery. Need somewhere nice to eat thats child friendly ? Yummy Cafe  has great food and a closed area for the kids. For great seafood check out Spa Seafoods on the way to Fenit across the road the Oyster Tavern also has  great seafood and a nice pint.

Enjoy the match. Have a wonderful weekend. Who will draw First Blood ??

GAA image Three Dublin supporters Croke Park

Dublin supporters  O’Neill’s Jerseys  GAA Kerry Dublin v KerryMatch Allianz National Football League