PRINCE OF DONEGAL.
Without a shadow of doubt this was one of my more interesting commissions: it was commissioned by the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Charles J. Haughey, as a gift for his mistress Terry Keane, a journalist friend of mine. He insisted both his and Terry’s initials was included at the base of the work. The TOD refers to her maiden, not her married name. There is a whole lot more to the story but that is for another day.
The figure depicts Maeleachlainn, Prince of Donegal. The verse was written out for me from memory by CJH. I have an idea it is based on a poem by Sir Samuel Ferguson. I based the rather battered figure on the man himself, CJH, and the dodgy illicit activity below him refers to his own propensity for such deeds -and thank heaven he never copped it.
He was a charming chancer who got up to some very dodgy stuff but he also was a visionary and great patron of the arts and made all artists, writers and composers tax-free (his successor, the lamentable idiot Brian Cowen, got rid of it in a fit of pique after a cartoonist parodied him naked) and preserved Temple Bar for Dubliners (it was to be leveled and turned into a bus station!) and many, many other good deeds too.
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