Newbridge’s Michael has JFK painting in Kennedy Museum

Michael Hanrahan's painting of JFK in New Ross. Photograph by Eamon Ward
Former Newbridge Bank Manger turned international artist Michael Hanrahan was flown to Boston courtesy of Aer Lingus last week to present his painting of ‘JFK in Cork 1963’ as a gift to The Kennedy Museum and Foundation for public display.

Former Newbridge Bank Manger turned international artist Michael Hanrahan was flown to Boston courtesy of Aer Lingus last week to present his painting of ‘JFK in Cork 1963’ as a gift to The Kennedy Museum and Foundation for public display.

Accepting this gift on behalf of the Kennedy Foundation Tom McNaught, Chief Executive, thanked Michael for the wonderful painting of the former President’s historic visit to Cork 50 years ago.

Michael, who has also painted Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor and Queen Elizabeth II, presented Caroline Kennedy with his other work entitled ‘JFK in New Ross 1963’ in New Ross during the 50th anniversary celebrations held last summer.

Lahinch based artist Michael Hanrahan was 12 years old when President Kennedy came to Ireland in 196 50 years later he he has painted a series of paintings depicting important scenes from the visit

Michael also painted the current USA President Barack Obama’s recent visit to the midlands town, Moneygall and was the receipent of a thank you note signed by the President of USA Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

In the letter, President Obama thanked the artist and referred to the world growing “increasingly interdependent” and said he looked forward to “strengthening the two nations bond”.