A painting to mark the Queen’s visit to Enniskillen has now gone on display.
Commissioned by Canon Peter O’Reilly of St Michael’s Catholic church, Enniskillen, the work commemorating last year’s Diamond Jubliee visit is now available to view at Fermanagh County Museum.
Entitled simply The Queen’s Visit, it depicts the moment that the Queen crossed the street to visit St Michael’s after attending a service in St Macartin’s Anglican Cathedral in Enniskillen on June 26.
“It was an event of significance that no photograph could capture and deserved a painting to bring out the inner significance of the moment,” said Canon O’Reilly.
“There is a stillness in the picture itself, which captures the impact of the moment for those who were there.
“The painting also captures one of the wonderful street-scapes which are characteristic of Enniskillen,” added Canon O’Reilly.
Belfast-born artist Hector McDonnell was commissioned to paint the piece.
He was chosen after Canon O’Reilly visited an exhibition of his which included paintings of Ground Zero – the impact site of the September 11 atrocity.
Mr McDonnell said: “I was particularly moved by the idea as my mother and an aunt had both been much involved in the Irish School of Ecumenics which had tried to promote Christian understanding and togetherness during the worst of the Troubles in the 1970s and ‘80s and felt it would be, amongst other things, a subject which would have been particularly dear to their hearts.
“I therefore came down to Enniskillen shortly after the suggestion was made to me.”
Sarah McHugh, Fermanagh County Museum manager, called it a fitting display of “a historic moment in Enniskillen’s history”.
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