Sean Drew with Michael and Frances

Four cocooners who took part in the Conversations in Portrait initiative facilitated by the Meath Library Service and funded under the Keep Well campaign were presented with their portraits earlier this week by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Sean Drew.

The Conversations in Portrait project was rolled out during lockdown, creating an authentic cultural experience for older people and their families – without leaving home.

A call was issued by Meath Library Service for cocooners over the age of 70 years interested in participating in a virtual portrait sitting with artist Andy Parsons.

Maureen Fitzpatrick, Slane, Mary Healion, Dunboyne, Michael Gormley, and Teresa Connor from Trim were chosen and over three zoom sessions Andy painted their portrait, while talking and getting to know each person and how they have responded to the months of Covid.

Speaking at the event Cathaoirleach Cllr. Sean Drew said ‘The Conversations in Portrait project was a brilliant initiative that brought conversations into homes that weren’t happening at the time. Through zoom the sitters had an opportunity to meet a new face and share their personal experiences and feelings during a time that was immensely lonely and challenging for so many. I want to thank the artist Andy Parsons, the sitters and each of their families for nominating and supporting them throughout the project’