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Unique artwork to go on display at Moville Library 09.09.19

A UNIQUE work of art celebrating the life of a medieval Irish saint is to go on display for one day only in Moville.
The portrait of Saint Sunniva, an Irish princess and nun, is a stunning mixed-media work of intricate beadwork and ornamental embroidery created by local artist Mary Lorraine McHugh.
It celebrates the life of the 10th Century saint who, forced to flee Ireland under threat of persecution, landed on an island in Western Norway, where she is now celebrated as patron saint.
 Saint Sunniva can been seen at Moville Library on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
The 4ft x 4ft portrait is part of a wider collection of works by Ms McHugh that celebrate the important but often forgotten contribution made by female saints to Christianity.
The Saint Sunniva artwork took an astonishing two years to create and has already been seen by Norwegian diplomats with a view to bringing the canvas for permanent display to the Scandinavian country.
However, art lovers and locals will have the chance to see the impressive work close up when it goes on display this week in Moville.
Ms McHugh is also in the process of creating a number of prints and cards depicting Irish medieval saints, called Shrine Art, that would be ideal for anyone looking for something special to own or to gift.
The portrait of Saint Sunniva has been a labour of love for some time and Im delighted to display her for others to see this week, said Ms McHugh.
Saint Sunniva can been seen at Moville Library on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
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