Rosemary Madigan RIP – 40 years of Annual Booterstown Art Exhibitions

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We would like to pay a tribute to Rosemary’s 40 years of involvement in the annual Booterstown art exhibition.

Rosemary had many strings to her bow, and she loved to paint as a hobby. Way back in 1981 she joined the High Loft Artists Group (set up by the well know Sr Maureen Mac Mahon OP) and she participated in an exhibition in Dun Laoghaire.

Rosemary, being Rosemary, saw an opportunity and quickly set her mind on having a similar exhibition in Booterstown. Her idea was that this would benefit local artists and raise funds for local worthy causes. With her typical determination the first exhibition, with the support of Sr Maureen, took place just a few months later in July 1981 in St Anne’s Hall just near the church.

Since then, for 40 great years, supported each year of course by a team of dedicated helpers, Rosemary organised and curated the Annual Booterstown Art Exhibition. A truly remarkable achievement and contribution to the local community.

Ten years after the first exhibition, Rosemary’s beloved husband Brendan Madigan was one of the driving forces in establishing the local Booterstown Community Centre. The site for this building was the playground of the Old Boys School in Grotto Avenue that had been purchased on generous terms from the parish. The Booterstown Annual Art Exhibition transferred there in 1991 for its 11th year and if Covid had not happened the 40th Exhibition would have been held there on the 27th March 2020.

Rosemary established a wonderful network of both artists, who created the paintings, and importantly patrons who purchased their art each year. She encouraged many budding artists to develop their skills and gave them the opportunity to present their work. As a local exhibition it developed a reputation for the high quality of the art
works.

The annual Booterstown Art Exhibition also became a very important local social occasion each Spring. Over the years it raised very significant funds for worthy causes including support for the original Parish Centre here that she managed.

Thank you Rosemary . . . . . . for the fun times and the memories.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Read by Michael Brassill, on behalf of Booterstown Community
Centre at Rosemary’s Madigan’s Funeral Mass on 18th January 2022