July 29, 2021
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Young Waterford artist’s stunning mural of ‘Big Jack’ goes viral

A talented local artist is the talk of the town after pictures of her incredible mural of Jack Charlton on the wall of a Waterford city pub went viral.

Caoilfhionn Hanton, a second-year fine art student, is the artist behind the stunning image of the recently deceased former Irish football coach on the side of Norris’ bar in Slievekeale.

The 22-year-old, the daughter of Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms owner Sarah Jane Hanton, has been received rave reviews for her work online since images of her tribute to ‘Big Jack’ appeared online over the past 24 hours.

And her mural – which forms part of this year’s Waterford Walls festival – certainly got the thumbs up from the local soccer fraternity. Waterford FC tweeted: “A familiar face adorns the side of familiar Blues watering hole Norris’s on the Slievekeale Road. Painted by the talented Caoilfhionn Hanton.”

Norris’ owner Martin Colbert told local station WLR he’s “delighted” with the mural and the reaction it has been receiving.

Caoilfhionn (phonetically pronounced Qwee-lin) says she has been “absorbed in art” since she was a young girl.

The 22-year-old says on her website that she has “practically drawing since the womb”.

Caoilfhionn (pictured below) reveals: “I learned how to make stencils during my transition year work experience from Dublin artist Steve Kemp of The KEMP Gallery and began to focus massively on street art. I had always loved portraiture but I have thoroughly enjoyed practicing different mediums through the years, like pen and pencil, spray paint, watercolour, acrylic, oils and digital work.”

PHOTO: https://www.caoilfhionnhanton.com/


Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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