Alliance to sell or auction painting of Obama visit to Ireland
June 2012: US-Ireland Alliance president Trina Vargo was recently presented with a painting of President Obama’s visit to Ireland by Irish painter Michael Hanrahan. The depiction of the President and First Lady at his ancestral home of Moneygall, Co. Offaly will be sold or auctioned by the Alliance for the benefit of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship program. The dimensions of the painting are 30 x 24 inches.
Hanrahan completed only two paintings of the Obama visit. In addition to the one donated to the Alliance, the other was gifted to the President and First Lady and was presented by Hanrahan in February to the US Ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney. It depicts the President speaking at College Green in Dublin.
Vargo said that the Alliance is honored by Mr. Hanrahan’s gift: “It’s very generous of Michael to allow this painting to benefit our non-profit organization. We hope that the interest in his work will result in a good price, the proceeds of which will go to the endowment for the Mitchell Scholarship program. As this is one of only two paintings of the Obama visit, we hope that will further increase the interest in the painting of that historic occasion.” Anyone interested in opportunity to bid or buy the painting should email Vargo@us-irelandalliance.org to ask to be kept informed.
Mr. Hanrahan, who resides in Lahinch, County Clare, received a great deal of attention for his paintings of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland last year. He visited London in August to personally deliver to Buckingham Palace a painting that commemorated a wreath-laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. The painting now forms part of the British Royal Collection. In October, he visited Irish President Mary McAleese to present her with a representation of her greeting Queen Elizabeth. That painting now hangs in Aras an Uachtarain. Mr. Hanrahan’s paintings have also been auctioned at Christie’s and Whyte’s and his painting of 'The Queen at the English Market' sold at a charity event in London for 15,000 sterling last October.