Dunmore East Magic: New Staff Art Wall Exhibition

Dunmore East Magic, by artist and nurse Marley Irish


Marley Irish beside her exhibition on the Staff Art Wall.

This stunning collection invites the viewer to consider the beautiful colours found in the energetic atmosphere of the beautiful seaside village of Dunmore East, County Waterford.  The exhibition continues until 2nd August 2022.  The Staff Art Wall is managed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust and aims to celebrate the creativity of staff working at UHW by providing an opportunity to display their work at the hospital.  Further details are available from www.waterfordhealingarts.com or 051 842664.


Marley Irish has been a member of staff of UHW since 1983, and is currently nursing in the Dermatology Unit.  A self-taught artist, Marley has been painting all her life, starting with pastels and progressing to acrylics and oils.  Following in Edgar Degas footsteps, her favourite subjects to paint include ballerinas, horses and boats. Her pastel painting The Flamenco Dancers, one of the first to be donated to UHW in the early 1990s, is still hanging proudly in its original space in Medical 2, where Marley nursed for over 20 years.


Marley is a prolific artist. Speaking about this exhibition, Marley says, ‘The beautiful array of colours bellowing out from Dunmore East Harbour totally immerses me in the whole dynamic, energetic atmosphere of this beautiful, majestic harbour village setting. The cerulean blues versus the cadmium reds and the shocking oranges all set the mood in my paintings.  The same boat scene can be painted so differently each time, as the ebb of the tide distorts all images and reflections.  The energy of the harbour can be viewed in the reflections from the water’.

Boat Splendour, Dunmore East, oil on canvas.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust is Ireland’s leading arts and health organisation. Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings.  WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. Core funded by the Arts Council, WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national resource website www.artsandhealth.ie