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Clontarf Hospital unveils artwork to honour healthcare workers

Staff at Clontarf Hospital warmly welcome local artist Ann Baldrey for the unveiling of her glass work 'Search for a Hero'.

Published: 3 August 2021

Local artist Ann Baldrey unveiled her glass work in the reception area of Clontarf Hospital on Castle Avenue. Ann was warmly welcomed by Michelle Fanning, Chief Executive Officer, on behalf of the hospital’s Arts Committee.


Pictured left to right: Clontarf Hospital CEO Michelle Fanning,  NCAD Artist Ann Baldrey, and Dr. Caroline Madden Head of Ceramics and Glass at NCAD (photo John McElroy)


The piece, entitled “Search for a Hero” was created by Ann as part of her fine art degree with the National College of Art and Design.

The inspiration and concept for the piece centres on the need to “Search for a Hero” in the Hospital. Patients search for the hero inside themselves as they overcome the obstacles of ill health. Nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, administration staff, maintenance staff, and support services personal at the hospital are all heroes. We saw this clearly last year when staff at the hospital showed extraordinary courage to overcome the challenges that Covid-19 brought to our healthcare services.

 The unveiling at the hospital was attended by Dr. Caroline Madden Head of Ceramics and Glass National College of Art and Design Dublin, Michelle Fanning CEO Clontarf Hospital, Artist Ann Baldrey, and staff from throughout the hospital.

Pictured:  Staff of Clontarf Hospital with CEO Michelle Fanning, Ann Baldrey, and Dr. Caroline Madden NCAD and (photo John McElroy)