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Adams Welcomes Ulster History Circle Plaque for Dillon

4 March, 2008


Gerry Adams Sinn Féin west Belfast MP MLA this morning attended the unveiling of an official Ulster History Circle plaque in honour of the artist Gerard Dillon. The plaque was erected on the house in Lower Clonard Street where Dillon was born in 1916.

Mr. Adams said:

"I want to commend Belfast City Council and the Ulster History Circle for erecting this Ulster History Circle plaque in honour of the artist Gerard Dillon.

"This is recognition of the important contribution that Gerard Dillon, a largely self-taught artist, made to Irish art in the 20th century.

"His works of life in Belfast, in Connemara and the Aran Islands provide an insight into the land, but in particular the people of those places and years.

"Dillon died at a young age, 55 in 1971. The Cultúrlann has a Gerard Dillon gallery and his works can be viewed in the National gallery in Dublin. But this plaque will hopefully draw wider public attention to a great artist who was born and lived in west Belfast and was proud of his roots." Críoch

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