The Limerick Strand has unveiled a specially commissioned picture of local rugby legend, Paul O’Connell, which will take pride of place in the hotel foyer.

“The very best of Limerick is personified in the character of Paul O’Connell.   We felt it was befitting to have Limerick born Una Heaton capture the essence of the man in her stunning painting.  Huge thanks also to Limerick Leader Editor, Alan English, who penned the biog piece on Paul that hangs alongside the paining in the foyer.” said Sean Lally, General Manager.

Paul O’Connell painting Strand Hotel ILIM 13-07-15. Alan English Editor Limerick Leader, Artist Una heaton, and Manager Strand Hotel Sean Lally, aat the launch of the Paul O’Connell painting in the bar.

The painting was commissioned not only to celebrate Paul’s involvement to rugby, but also to pay homage to his commitment to Limerick as a whole and the inspiration he gives to the entire community.  The painting incorporates 4 logos, representing Paul and his international career– Young Munster (rugby Club), The Lions, IRFU and Munster Rugby.

The towering achievements of Paul O’ Connell career – the many victories and the trophies won – are only part of what defines a great Limerick-man. Pride, passion, integrity, humility, and decency – he has combined all of these qualities while enjoying one of the great rugby careers.  Una’s painting has captured the heart and soul of the man, who is respected by the entire rugby world.

The painting has already gained popularity locally and with many people coming to take a ‘selfie’ with it post match at nearby Thomond Park Stadium.

Una Heaton was born in Limerick and studied art in the Limerick College of Art & Design. She exhibits regularly and extensively throughout Ireland and sometimes abroad.  Alan English is Editor of the Limerick Leader and also editor of the Limerick Chronicle, founded 1768 and the oldest surviving title in the Republic of Ireland and previously, Deputy Sports Editor for The Sunday Times, Ireland.

For details please contact the hotel on 353 61 421800 or see www.strandlimerick.ie

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