'Angels - Beacons of Hope' an Irish fund raising project features colourful sculptures of angels run by artist Nollaig Fahy. Each one featuring a unique design created by a host of celebrities. Contributors include Holywood actress Uma Thurman, Director Neil Jordan, Ryder Cup golfer Padraig Harrington, Ireland rugby star Brian O'Driscoll and The Edge from U2. The project involved renowned modern impressionist Gerard Byrne painting an 8-foot tall angel. Gerard called his art piece 'Hope Springs Eternal'. The project launched back in December 2010. The Angels have been on tour around Ireland. The Beacons of Hope sculptures were auctioned off in aid of charities.

Chris de Burgh generously purchased Angel of Hope designed and painted by Gerard Byrne. The Angel was donated to the Warrior Programme Ireland fundraiser. On 20th June 2011, Gerard's Angel of Hope arrived at Glencree Centre for Reconciliation, Co. Wicklow. The gift was accepted with a delight.

Gerard aspires his Angel won't become only as a symbol of hope, but as a visual art will help Glencree Centre's visitors in finding peace and hope in their everyday life. Gerard believes that art can heal and bring joy and happiness.

 

Glencree

 

Gerard Byrne Chris de Burgh Angel of Hope Glencree
Gerry Ryan's Angel

Gerry Ryan's Angel

Katherine Lynch's Angel

Katherine Lynch's Angel

Gerard Byrne's Angel 'Hope Springs Eternal'

Gerard Byrne's Angel 'Hope Springs Eternal'

Jedward Angel by Sara Sheridan

Jedward Angel by Sara Sheridan

Vodafone Foundation Ireland Angel 'Water'

Vodafone Foundation Ireland Angel 'Water'

Ryan Tubridy's Angel

Ryan Tubridy's Angel

John Bosco Youth Centre 'Hope!'

John Bosco Youth Centre 'Hope!'

Neil Jordan's Angel 'Angel of Light'

Neil Jordan's Angel 'Angel of Light'

Dochas Woman's Prison Angel 'Bees'

Dochas Woman's Prison Angel 'Bees'

'Angels - Beacons of Hope' selected collection, photography courtesy of Nollaig Fahy.