Limited edition run of 280, signed and numbered by the artist.
Dimensions: 297 x 420 mm (A3).
The Story: This picture was used to illustrate Olive Travers’ story “Remembering the Dead”. Years ago at my Granny’s house in Doonan, outside Donegal, we were taking turns sitting up with our much beloved Aunty Una on her deathbed. My father would be making strong tea at daybreak every morning to the cheerful singing of a blackbird on the windowsill of the kitchen. One morning he found the poor blackbird dead on the sill – he knew what this meant without checking upstairs. His sister Una was now in heaven. And so we have the singing blackbird, singing among the hawthorn on a branch of rose hips. That’s Toura Chapel just out the Enniskillen Road from Belleek. There’s the priest at the door chatting to parishioners while others bring flowers and say prayers at the gravesides of loved ones and relations. A farmer who has arrived late on his tractor makes his way up the driveway. Every time I hear the song of the blackbird I do not think of Aunty Una’s death but of what a wonderful woman she was when she was alive.
This print is also used as an illustration in “Nets of Wonder” book.