Twelve Hotel Galway Wedding Reception Entertainment

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Always lovely to have a local booking and this wedding was only out the road in the Twelve Hotel Barna! Thanks to all the guests who sat for me for being so enthusiastic and having so many laughs! Some dates left for 2022 and 2023 is starting to fill up so if you’re getting married in Galway or anywhere else in the country and want something unusual and fun to entertain your guests during the drinks reception look no further than my live wedding caricatures! Each couple takes just 5 minutes and the A3 paper is printed with the names of the couple and the date of their wedding so each guest who sits for me goes away with a lovely fun momento of the big day!

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Galway City Council Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Here’s the virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as drawn by the children of Galway, and animated by Earthbound Films. This event was organished by Ruairí Lehmann, Tourism Officer in Galway City Council, in collaboration with the Galway Cartoon Festival. A great initiative from the Galway City Council in encouraging artistic creativity among the next generation … Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Colouring Activity Page


I’ve been working from some really cool briefs recently and one of them was this joint project between the Galway Cartoon Festival (of which I’m the artistic director) and Galway City Council. This St. Patrick’s Day colouring page/activity page is published in this week’s Galway Advertiser as part of a special pull-out supplement for St. Patrick’s Day. It was a nice opportunity to promote the Galway Cartoon Festival and many thanks to Ruairí Lehmann in the tourism office of Galway City Council for being so supportive and collaborative. You can pick up a free copy of the Galway Advertiser in any newsagent.
Ruairí was also behind the virtual St. Patrick’s Parade I designed the poster for (and another great plug for Galway Cartoon Festival!). There’s been some really cool entries for this and I’m looking forward to seeing it on the 17th March! I know a lot of kids have gotten extremely creative during the ongoing lockdowns and this is a great outlet for their burgeoning talents. The deadline for entries has now passed but children can still take part by drawing their own parades in the above colouring/activity page!


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Head and Shoulders Personalised Colour Caricature

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This personalised head and shoulders caricature was a gift for the subject from his friends. He’s surrounded by objects relevant to his life including pet dogs, swimming googles, a bike pump, suitcase for travel, a cook book, and a pint of Guinness (remember those?). Also making a cameo is his wife in the background! He’s saying some of his well-known catchphrases.

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Homebrew and Books!

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This caricature was a gift for the couple pictured. He is wearing a Donegal GAA jersey and holding a pint of Guinness, she’s pictured with books 📚 (including Roald Dahl’s Matilda) and she’s having a glass of wine! 🍷 He’s got his laptop 💻 and phone and she’s got a mortarboard on as she’s a teacher! 👩‍🏫 In the background is a barrel of home brew about to explo- sitting there brewing. In the background are signposts for Longford, Inver, Carrick-on-Shannon and Galway and the couple’s car 🚗 is pictured too.

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