It was a great honour to be involved in the exciting 2019 renovation project in Monaghan’s iconic Westenra Arms Hotel. Owners Frank & Mary Catherine McEnaney commissioned me to draw scenes of Monaghan Town which would add a distinctive local flavour to the design scheme for the new DV Lounge.
Mary Catherine’s brief was very clear: the pictures had to be big, very big, with as much colour as possible in them! The four finished panels were on average 1x1.5 metres, a size I hadn't worked on before. In order to feature some of Monaghan’s best loved buildings it was necessary to research through many old photographs as well as taking current ones. This led to deciding to set the scenes in a vintage era, adding details such as a hunting scene at a bygone Rossmore Castle or a newspaper boy near the Railway Station.
The elegant DV Lounge spans the front of the Hotel and, as the inspiration for its name Diamond View reveals, it has a commanding view of Monaghan Town’s Diamond. Understandably then the four completed commissions include The Diamond & Westenra Arms Hotel, Peter’s Lake & the North Road, The Railway Station and finally Rossmore Castle, historic home to the Westenra Family. This project was an absolute pleasure to work on and involved a big team of talented trade and crafts people. I am delighted to have my artwork on show in such a beautiful and historic setting and invite you to drop in to see these pictures next time you are visiting Monaghan.