Kilkenny Advertiser, September 23, 2011.
By Sam Matthews
The who’s who of Kilkenny’s fringe art scene assembled at County Hall on Wednesday evening this week, at a special awards ceremony to honour their work.
Cathaoirleach Paul Cuddihy, who has had a long-standing involvement in the fringe, organised the event.
“This began with a number of people who persisted with the fringe,” he told the artists.
“Tonight, we are celebrating you, and your achievements.”
First up, Cllr Cuddihy called on the Mayor to present two special awards to Canice Ryan, caretaker in Ormonde College, and Mary McGuinness.
The Cathaoirleach then presented a number of awards to the winning artists, for categories such as ‘Best Acrylic section’ (Virginia Black), ‘Best Oil section’ (Seamus Caulfield), ‘Pen and Ink’ (Dan Lenihan), ‘Best of Watercolour’ (Sheila Foley), and others.
Addressing the crowd, Mayor David Fitzgerald said that the arts had never been more important in Kilkenny.
“The arts festival was a huge success this year – it injected €6 million into our local economy,” he said.
“The investment was half a million, and with a 12-fold return, both the community and the culture benefit. But as everybody knows about a good garment, you always keep the best material until the fringe.”