Divine Mercy art fair organisers remember founder member John

By Maurice Garvey

THE legacy of a former school principal will embellish the latest edition of the upcoming Lucan Art Fair (April 15-17, at Divine Mercy SNS, Balgaddy).

Now in its sixth year, the exhibition was established by former Divine Mercy SNS principal John Ring, who passed away on St Valentine’s Day.

Lucan Art Fair - Brid Connolly and Miriam Smithers small 

Artist Miriam Smithers, a co-founder of the expo, said: “John was a great supporter of the arts and fondly cherished community links created by the project.

He thoroughly enjoyed the event and gave a warm welcome to visitors who passed through the door, greeting them with kindness and often leaving them in laughter with his infamous sense of humour. The art fair forms part of the great legacy that John left us.”

Lucan Art Fair 2 - John Ring and Miriam Smithers

The exhibition was formerly known as Balgaddy Art Fair, but has been “building momentum” in recent years, with exhibitors from wider communities taking part, leading to a name change.

One of the 40 exhibitors is Bríd Connolly, a teacher in Divine Mercy, and organiser of the event. Brid is inspired by the rugged landscape of Galway where she grew up, along with a love of sepia photography.

Applications for artists, photographers and crafters are welcome.

Further information may be found Lucan Art Fair Facebook page, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact Bríd 087 9213520, or Miriam on 086 0573820.

Opening times for the expo are on Friday, April 15 from 7pm to 9pm, Saturday from noon to 5pm), and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.


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