The National Concert Hall announce the official unveiling of a portrait of Eleanor McEvoy by the acclaimed Irish artist ‘Robert Ballagh’

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The National Concert Hall have announced the official unveiling of a portrait of Eleanor McEvoy by the acclaimed Irish artist ‘Robert Ballagh’ in the John Field Room in The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 on Friday January 20 2012 at 5.30 pm.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Ballagh is particularly well known for his hyperealistic renderings of well-known Irish literary, historical or establishment figures. His painting style was strongly influenced by pop art. Among the theatre sets he has designed are sets for Riverdance, I’ll Go On, Gate Theatre (1985), Samuel Beckett’s Endgame (1991) and Oscar Wilde’s Salomé (1998). He has also designed over 70 Irish postage stamps and the last series of Irish banknotes, “Series C”, before the introduction of the euro. He is a member of Aosdána. Ballagh’s paintings are held in several public collections of Irish painting including the National Gallery of Ireland, the Hugh Lane Gallery, the Ulster Museum, Trinity College Dublin, and Nuremberg’s Albrecht Durer House. One of his latest pieces is a privately commissioned portrait of a woman and artist whom Ballagh has the utmost respect for: Eleanor McEvoy.

Eleanor McEvoy’s music has evolved and developed over her career maintaining a serene confident statement that she is the master of her craft. As a globally acclaimed and much celebrated songwriter and composer, her music has been used in US, International and Irish TV and film. She also is one of a very limited amount of Irish Artists to get into the US Top 10 Billboard Charts (Precious Little). She also wrote the winsome ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, which appeared on the massively popular album “A Woman’s Heart”. Eleanor also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra as a violinist for 4 years and is delighted that The NCH will be holding the Portrait on view in the John Field room for the next few years.

“The National Concert Hall is the ideal home for a portrait by one of Ireland’s finest painters of one of our leading musicians. We are delighted that our walls can be graced by a work by Robert Ballagh, just as Eleanor McEvoy has graced our stage”- N.C.H CEO Simon Taylor

For further information please contact:

Linda Coogan Byrne @

0851659065 / 01-6813496

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