IRENE LYNCH—Portrait of an Artist


Irene Lynch is a young woman with exceptional ability in the Arts field. She has exhibited in many venues, including the Mullingar Arts Centre and the Síol Gallery in Spoutwell Lane. Irene’s work displays her distinctive style which is characterised by bright colours and regular shapes. She was successful in winning the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies’ competition when she designed the cover for the DVD launching the euro in 2000.

Irene lives in Castlepollard and attends the Cill Cuan Centre in Mulllingar two days a week. She loves Gaelic games and is a keen follower of her favourite team—Offaly.

On Thursday afternoon each week Irene receives a visit from her ‘best buddy’ Jan Walmsley. Together they enjoy a session of creative writing with Jan at the keyboard as Irene dictates her wonderful stories which are usually built around people she admires in the GAA. In her stories Irene again displays her unique style and a marvellous way with words.

At Christmas Irene prepared a bound compilation of her stories to bring home for her family to read and enjoy.

We are sure that the readers of Frontline will enjoy Irene’s story, as well as samples of her art work.

Marian Gillespie, Cill Cuan

Writing my Stories

by Irene Lynch

I write a great story about anything at all. I write about the GAA and that, and I write them really well too.

It’s nice to write stories. I like to write any story because it’s good. My stories are about the GAA, the hurling, the soccer even, the rugby—isn’t that good? My GAA stories are about Eugene McGee. I had a letter from Eugene and he sent me a photograph. I write about Séamus Darby and Stephen Darby (that’s his brother), about the Offaly footballers and the hurlers. I like all the teams, but I have Offaly at the top as my number one in football and in hurling too.

I used to have Dublin as my first team and then I put Kerry as my number one, but in 1982 I cried when Séamus Darby scored the winning goal for Offaly in the All Ireland and Kerry were bet just by a point. The minute he got that goal for Offaly I started to cry like a little baby in a cot. Oh Lord, what a sight I was that day. But it doesn’t happen any more, I’m going to stop that old crying. Now I have Westmeath behind Offaly in second place. I even like Kerry still. I have them in third place. I don’t mind when Kilkenny or Kerry wins, it’s only a match anyway. Wouldn’t Offaly come back again anyway in the football and in the hurling.

I always say good things about the Offaly football team and the hurlers. They won last Sunday. It was Offaly 3-15 to 1 goal and 10 points for UCD. They’re awful bad that team UCD because they were bet that day. See Offaly bet them. Oh, bejaysus. “CRACK !! ” See I can crack my fingers because they won last Sunday.
For my music I have Westlife at the top. Westlife come from Sligo. They’re a great old group. They’re very good.

Every pop group is very good but I like them best, Westlife. I like all their songs.

My birthday is on the 16th of May. I had a great time when it came up the day of my birthday. I had a great day. I went out and got lots of things. And I had a party and all. A good few came to the party and then Myra, who lives down in Longford, her birthday is two days after mine. Her birthday does be on the 18th of May. Myra went for a few days to a nice place for her birthday.

I got a nice letter from Séamus Darby and nice pictures too of the team of Offaly when they bet Kerry in the 1982 All Ireland. He sent them for my birthday. He’s very good. And I still have them up on the wall and I do always look up at that picture and smile up at them, every one of them.