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Davitt College student’s art work described as ‘phenomenal’

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Davitt College student’s art work described as ‘phenomenal’


Edwin McGreal


A leading expert has described the art work of a 15-year-old Davitt College student as ‘nothing short of phenomenal’.
Philip Sheppard from the leading auction house Sheppard’s was speaking after Melissa Duffy, a student at Davitt College, won a national poster competition organised by the auction house as part of a fund-raising auction in aid of urgent restoration work at Dublin’s iconic Christ Church Cathedral.
Entrants were invited to draw on some aspect of Christ Church’s history in their work and Melissa Duffy has a striking work of a priest reading from the bible at the funeral of Strongbow.  Richard de Clare - Strongbow - the 12th century warrior, is reportedly embalmed in Christ Church. Philip Sheppard admits to being very taken by Melissa’s work.
“We sell paintings for a lot of money and see a lot of high quality work pass through us but I am seriously impressed by the quality of Melissa’s work. It is very reminiscent of [well-known stained-glass window artist] Harry Clarke’s work and I wonder has Melissa been influenced by him.
”Her work is very original, of high quality and is extremely well executed. We sell paintings for tens of thousands of euros and this wouldn’t be out of place with any of them,” he told The Mayo News.
The charity auction took place last Friday and in excess of €120,000 was raised for restoration work at Christ Church. For winning the competition, Melissa Duffy won a laptop sponsored by Compustore in Kilkenny.