A Ha’penny to a fistful of dollars

At the Jean Lowndes presentation to the Good Shepherd Centre were Roisin Ni Cheligh, Noel Sherry, Jean Lowndes and Paul Brophy

By Jimmy Rhatigan

A LOCAL charity chief is hoping to turn a currency from another time into a fistful of dollars, a bundle of Euros even.

Noel sherry is boss of The Good Shepherd Centre, Church Lane Gardens, Kilkenny City which for years has been doing brilliant work for homeless men and those at risk of becoming homeless.

The centre, a neighbour of the splendid Gothic-style edifice that is St Canice’s Church of Ireland Cathedral continues to cushion life for troubled males by providing emergency accommodation, transitional housing and resettlement services with the aim of a return to sustained independent living.

Marely Irish presented Liam Keane with a painting

Noel and his dedicated staff who are really upping the ante as homelessness has reached epidemic proportions in local communities and have received a leg up, make that two, from friends in art.

Local painters Jean Lowndes and Marley Irish donated work that will help raise funds for development work.

During the official opening of the Ormonde College Arts Week Festival Marley gave a painting to Good Shepherd chairman Liam Keane.

Aptly the painting is of Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge, a throwback to the times when the old halfpenny, half a penny was part of our Irish currency.

Jean also donated a picture to help swell the Good Shepherd purse. It is a pallet-knife painting of John’s Bridge.