Pauline McLynn‘Painting Portraits and Poultry’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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If you watched last year’s Painting the Nation on RTE One television and thought, ‘I could do that’, well, now you can. Pauline McLynn and co will soon be back touring the country, challenging six amateur artists to put their unique spin on some of our nation’s most stunning landscapes and you could be joining them. You know you want to. Go on, go on, go on, go on… That’s the last of the Fr Ted references. Promise.

In the few short months before series two kicks off, Pauline’s certainly not resting on her laurels. In fact her to-do list is nothing short of head-spinning. One of many upcoming projects is a rather unusual theatrical venture with CorcaDorka Theatre Company in Cork. The audience will take a ferry from Cobh to Spike Island, to witness an immersive performance unlike any other. The play is set against the military backdrop of Fort Mitchell, which became a prison after the army vacated it – “our Alcatraz” as she dubs it.

“It’s very spooky and eerie and strange”

Pauline’s involved in a whirlwind of other projects, but top of the pecking order is her work with the Little Hill Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. As part of their battery hen rescue mission, the final 3,500 birds are being released from their cages this weekend and they’re looking for homes. Adopting a brood of feathered friends of your own couldn’t be easier. Simply log on to the event’s Facebook page and post how many hens you’d like in the comments section. There’s a six euro adoption fee to cover their costs and transport, but as Pauline says,

“By the end of the week they’ll have earned their keep in eggs alone!”

To apply for season 2 of Painting the Nation, click here.

Click here for the full interview from The Ray D’Arcy Show.

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