I made a painting of the AMB in 1998 for my friend Sean Flynn and painted the smiling faces / portraits of 100 or so locals and / or visitors to the pub from photographs Sean gave me.
Sean was very very happy with the oil painting and hung it high on a wall of the public bar. He commissioned me to make other works including murals which have since been destroyed.
But it wasn’t just Sean who was happy, everyone whose face I painted was happy. All the faces were good likenesses and recognisable.
Sadly, over the years since I painted this piece many of the people who appear in it, including Sean himself, have departed from the land of the living.
In my view this painting is a valuable social and historical document depicting an Irish world which no longer exists. I tried to get the relevant Irish government department to purchase / save it but to no avail.
Unfortunately, this work of art no longer hangs high on a wall in the bar as Sean wanted, but was taken down and consigned to a damp back room.
So I have digitalised the only image I have to keep this piece of history alive.
Feel free to download, print, and copy this image and / or details from it in order to save it from extinction.