An exhibition celebrating the works of Slane- born sculptor/artist, John Cassidy, was officially opened recently in the local Conyngham Arms hotel by Dr Paula Murphy of UCD and Charles Hulme, former staff member of the John Rylands library, Manchester. The exhibition entitled “The Artistic Works of John Cassidy”, which was organised by a subcommittee of Slane History and Archaeology Society attracted a very large crowd.
The exhibition featured photographic images of some of Cassidy’s works which can be seen in parks, public places, galleries,and libraries in Manchester and its environs, and also in other cities in Britain like Bristol, Macclesfield, Lancaster and Aberdeen.
Explanatory notes mounted on miniature wooden plaques accompanied each image on the display panels. Sculpture pieces as well as some of the artist’s paintings from his early days were on view. An Alcock and Brown medal and other Cassidy memorabilia aroused much interest. A bust of poet, Ben Brierly, designed by the sculptor, was brought over from Oldham Gallery, Lanchashire, by Pat Duff, just in time for the official opening. Two paintings from the High Lanes Gallery, Drogheda, as well as some in private ownership enhanced the display. A bust of Cassidy himself, executed by local sculptor Jim Flynn, got pride of place among the objets d’art. Many art and sculpture enthusiasts from far and near viewed the exhibition during the weekend.
A minibus, hired by Michael Kelly of Slane History and Archaeology Society, brought the visitors to some of the historic sites in the Boyne Valley including Oldbridge House, Brú Na Bóinne, Monasterboice and Mellifont. Participants on the tour gave glowing reports afterwards of the guides at the various sites. Some energetic folk enjoyed a walk to the Hill of Slane and the ramparts along the Boyne and canal.
The brilliant sunshine, good food and hospitality of the Slane people delighted the visitors.