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'My old teammates will be slagging me on WhatsApp': Portrait of Henry Shefflin unveiled

King Henry has been immortalised.


HENRY SHEFFLIN EXPECTS a slagging from former teammates over a new portrait of him in the National Gallery of Ireland.

The oil-on-canvas painting of the Kilkenny hurling legend was unveiled today, and from Thursday will be available for the public to view as part of the national portrait collection in the newly refurbished gallery.

Gerry Davis – winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize – put extensive research into the painting by spending time with Shefflin himself and in his hometown of Ballyhale, as well as studying as many as 300 photos.

Shefflin was pleased with the painting – “I’m thrilled with it.”

Watch more in the video above.

Video by Andrew Roberts. Additional reporting by Nicky Ryan.

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