President Obama sends thank you letter

a former Newbridge bank manager turned artist can add one more accolade to his professional career as the recent receipent of a thank you note signed by the President of USA Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

a former Newbridge bank manager turned artist can add one more accolade to his professional career as the recent receipent of a thank you note signed by the President of USA Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

Michael Hanrahan, who was the only artist to cover the historical visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Kildare last year, commemorated President Obama’s visit last year to the midlands town, Moneygall, with which he has family connections last.

In the letter President Obama thanked the artist, a former manager at AIB in Newbridge, for his kind and thoughtful gift which he added is “much appreciated”. He referred to the world growing “increasingly interdependent” and said he looks forward to “strengthening the bond” between the two nations.

“The painting of him speaking in College Green, Dublin was a gift to Barack and Michelle Obama,” said Mr Hanrahan..

“It arrived safely in The White House and the President sent me a signed family photo which I am delighted to receive. This completes a hat trick of my work now hanging in Buckingham Palace, Aras an Uachtaran, and now The White House.”

Michael who has has opened a new studio and Gallery at Old Town street, Ennistymon, is currently busy adding another string to his bow by painting former US President John F Kennedy.

“I am busy working on three paintings of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in June 1963 with the 50th anniversary coming up in 2013,” he said.

“Caroline Kennedy daughter of the late President has sent me threee images to work from.”

- Paula Campbell