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Thanking Brian

THE pre-eminent Irish American artist Brian O’Doherty – AKA the late Patrick Ireland – came along to the New York-New Belfast conference last week to cheer on his old pal Robert Ballagh, who made a powerful call for votes for the diaspora.
Following the slaughter on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972, Brian O’Doherty started to sign all his artwork with the name Patrick Ireland. His artistic protest drew the attention – and sympathy – of the American art world to the plight of Northern nationalists, but also ensured the New York painter got the cold shoulder from official Ireland.

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