Maria Dowling and lives and works from her home studio in Fermoy was commissioned by BT Ireland to create a painting which was presented to President Michael D Higgins at the opening of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS on January 9. 

Maria, who has been painting professionally since 2007, was contacted back in November by Gaslamp Gallery in Gorey where she is an exhibiting artist, and was asked to complete a painting of Áras an Uachtaráín. 

“I was absolutely so delighted when I found out. It was a tight deadline but I got there,” Maria told The Avondhu. 

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