Fr McGrath Collection At The Excel Gallery

AN exhibition of Contemporary Art work will open at Tipperary Excel Gallery courtesy of Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

AN exhibition of Contemporary Art work will open at Tipperary Excel Gallery courtesy of Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

This exhibition features the work of notable Irish Artists, Tony O’Malley, Sean Keating, Robert Ballagh and Louis le Broquet amongst many other national and international artists from the 18th, 19th and 20th Century. The exhibition will run from July 18th to August 30th and is part of a collection of art work bequeathed by the late Fr John McGrath who was parish priest of Doon and A.P before his death in 1997.

This is a rare opportunity to see such notable works locally and members of the public are urged to come and view it over the next six weeks at the Excel Gallery, Tipperary Excel Centre, Mitchell Street Tipperary Town.

Fr John McGrath was unique in his love of art and music and the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork are indebted to the extraordinary generosity of his bequest, a collection of forty-five paintings and three prints which were given to the gallery on his death in 1997.

This arrangement was made during his lifetime as he was concerned about the future of his collection and anxious that it would be available to the public to view the works of art.

The exhibition at the Excel Gallery will feature part of that collection.

Fr John McGrath was born in Tipperary Town on December 22nd, 1916 and grew up in Turraheen, Rossmore.

He was educated in Rossmore and Doon National school and subsequently attended Thurles and Maynooth College and was ordained in 1942.

Having served in many dioceses Fr McGrath developed a love of art and music during his time as parish priest of Ballingarry, County Tipperary.

The entire community are indebted to Fr John McGrath for his wonderful foresight and interest in collecting such fine works of art and to the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork for affording everyone in Tipperary the opportunity of showing part of this fine collection.

Admission is free and the opening hours are 10am-5pm Monday-Friday.

For more information contact the box office on 062 80520.