Iconic Cork bar to be immortalised in artwork 

Iconic Cork bar to be immortalised in artwork 
Patrons in The Long Valley, Winthrop Street Cork in 2017.

CORK'S historic bar, The Long Valley, will form part of a series immortalising the country's vintage pubs which will feature at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS, from December 4-8.

Roger O'Reilly is intent on capturing the atmosphere of some of Ireland's oldest and most iconic pubs.

While The Long Valley continues to thrive, Roger says he wants to capture the heritage of such bars for historic purposes.

"Pubs are an important part of our built heritage but some are in danger of disappearing," said Roger.

“We have a wealth of wonderful pubs in Ireland, from the ornate Victorian gems of Dublin and Belfast to more modest establishments such as Morrissey’s in Abbeyleix, and I want to capture them and their character before they are lost forever.

An illustration of The Long Valley by Roger O'Reilly whose work will be showcasing at Gifted: The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS, from December 4-8.
An illustration of The Long Valley by Roger O'Reilly whose work will be showcasing at Gifted: The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS, from December 4-8.

"McDaids in Dublin is known for its literature whereas Danny Macs in Dingle is famous for its music.

"Each of these pubs have their own intrinsic value to both local and the wider community.

"Often we associate good times when growing up with a particular pub before we get older and move away.

"They hold good memories and capture a part of our youth we hold invaluable.

"I've about 30 so far finished and aim to cover a lot more," he concluded.

Roger's company Irelandposters.ie specialises in travel posters in the style of railway advertisements from the thirties.

Roger, who has worked on storyboards for clients such as Coca-Cola and Diageo as well as the TV series ‘Vikings’, has also created posters of many of the 90 lighthouses around the Irish coast.

Celebrating the best in contemporary Irish design and artisan food, Gifted at the RDS is home to over 500 stands packed with original gifts.

And for those in search of a green Christmas, this year sees Gifted devote two special areas to environmentally friendly products.

The Sustainable Pop-Up features 40 of Ireland's finest sustainable living brands and the Sustainable Edit, curated by journalist Jo Linehan, founder of The Futurist podcast, showcases 12 top ethical producers.

“2019 is the year of sustainability at Gifted with thousands of thoughtful and ethical gifts for your loved ones,” said organiser Patrick O’Sullivan.

“Many of our exhibitors will have signs at their stands saying ‘ask me my sustainable story’ so shoppers can find out more about the origins of the gifts they are buying.” 

Traditionally heralding the start of the festive season in Dublin, Gifted also hosts the Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium with over 100 artisan food producers.

There will be 10% off everything at Gifted on the opening day, Wednesday, December 4.

Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 4-8 from 10am each day. 

Full details and booking can be found at www.giftedfair.ie

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