Dundalk FC striker Patrick Hoban poses for Louis art students

Tia Clarke


Tia Clarke


The Art Department in St. Louis Secondary School, Dundalk has recently completed a very successful Artist in Residency Programme. They have drawn on the contemporary talent of the highest standard and taken inspiration from Bridge Street Studios in Dundalk. Art Teacher, Mrs. Rogers commented: ‘We are very fortunate to have such a thriving and creative hub in our community and the inspirational practicing Artists therein’. 

"St. Louis Art Department's goal was to create a working relationship with the local community and local working Artists. An Artist in Residency Programme was established in collaboration with and facilitated by the Arts Officer in Louth County Council, to whom we are most grateful."

The Artist of choice was Orlaith Cullinane from Bridge Street Studios. Orlaith is a renowned local, national and international Portrait Artist who has inspired and worked closely with the 6thYear Art Students. She has guided them through a six week ‘Life–Sketching’ Drawing programme, enabling the students to grow in confidence. This has also provided an incredible skillset in preparation for their 2019 Life Sketching Exams. 

To complete the masterpiece, St. Louis has forged another link - with Dundalk Football Club, looking outward again to the local community. To showcase the students' drawing skills in addition to celebrating one of Dundalk’s 2018 local heroes winning football team, Patrick Hoban agreed to sit and have his Portrait sketched by the students. 

St Louis is very grateful to Orlaith in Bridge Street Studios, Catherine in Louth County Council and Dundalk FC Player, Patrick Hoban, top goal scorer in Ireland who set a new record for goals scored in one season. "We are indebted to all for collaborating with us and for their contribution and time."