Orla Clancy daughter of Mary and Paddy Clancy, she grew up on the family farm in Cregg Carrick-on-Suir and holds a Degree in Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art &
Most of her work concentrates on the human figure and social interaction, but for The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem Cultural Legacy Exhibition she decided to focus on her father
Paddy as farmer, fisherman, reader, actor, lover of literature, words and wordplays, and family man.
In addition to music and theatre, Paddy was very interested in the countryside, and realised that Ireland was ideal as a stopping point from which to export Continental cattle
breeds to the United States. He was the first to import Charolais cattle into Ireland, and in addition to those and other exotic breeds, their progeny was subsequently exported to
the United States. His distinctive call to the cattle to bring them in was a common sound around Cregg.
The river Linnaune, a small tributary of the Suir borders the farm. This is where Paddy did most of his fishing during summer evenings. This was his 'down-time' for contemplation -
children were welcome to come down and fish too, as long as they were quiet. His catch was frequently lunch the following day.
He read to his children every evening and Winnie-The-Pooh was a huge favourite. They also enjoyed the The Little House series and Charlotte's Web. He was always buying books
and over the years Orla would dip into The Family of Man and the Táin Bó Cuailnge; the children were always encouraged to read writers from around the world.
Part of Paddy's
personal legacy to his family was a love of literature and a respect for the natural world.
He hated it when books got damaged, and used to say that if you drop a book, you take a year off its life. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, and loved cheating on them with his
children. In his last years the five words that he spoke most often in Orla's hearing was 'How do you spell that?'
Orla Clancy's work forms part of private and corporate collections in Ireland, Holland and the United States.