The Ort of Ross O’Carroll Kelly


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By Gill Stedman and Lynne Swan

The ‘Ort’ of Ross O’ Carroll-Kelly is like no other art exhibition that you’ve ever been to. The exhibition features images from the world of Paul Howard’s ‘Southsoide’-based creation, Ross O’ Carroll Kelly. Ross was first introduced to all of our lives in January 1998 in the Sunday Tribune when journalist, Paul Howard, decided to start writing a column about a fictional amalgamation of the southside youth that the Celtic Tiger seemed to have spawned. This ‘affluent’ young generation made for hilarious reading and was soon turned into a book series. Now on an impressive fourteen books, two plays and a CD not forgetting the numerous newspaper columns where it all began! Ross’ creator has decided to open an art exhibition displaying the very humorous artwork and never before seen memorabilia by illustrator, Alan Clarke, featured throughout the book series.

The City took a trip to Powerscourt townhouse to see what it was all about! As well as the images featured above, which are just a taster of what’s on display, the exhibition also gives its visitors an opportunity to purchase Ross-emblazoned gift such as mugs, badges and posters. The exhibition opens at 10am daily, is entirely free and will be on display until December 24th.

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