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ADAPT Christmas cards are Limerick made to raise awareness and funds 

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, presenting artwork by Limerick artist Sandra Sheehan to Aladdin star Emma O’Driscoll. Also pictured is Shawna O’Halloran, who plays the Genie.
The drawing of a teddy bear appears on ADAPT’s charity Christmas cards this year and represents the home comforts that ADAPT aims to bring to children forced to leave their family home due to domestic abuse. All funds raised from the sale of ADAPT’s cards go to supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse in Limerick. Picture: Don Moloney

ADAPT Christmas cards are Limerick made to raise awareness and funds 

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services has launched a new series of Limerick-made charity Christmas cards. The Adapt Christmas cards are based on the theme of ‘home’, as ADAPT will house women and children forced to leave their homes due to domestic abuse this Christmas. 

Based in Rosbrien, ADAPT is a support service for women survivors of domestic abuse and their children. ADAPT provides services including emergency refuge accommodation; 24-hour helpline support; outreach services; and services for children including play therapy.




Last year, ADAPT supported 824 women from 28 different countries and provided refuge accommodation to 112 women and 182 children.

ADAPT Christmas cards

This is the design artist Sandra Sheehan designed for the ADAPT Christmas cards fundraiser.

The charity’s new series of Christmas cards features four festive images by acclaimed Irish artists: Limerick children’s picture book author and illustrator AnnMarie McCarthy, Cork-based mixed media artist Marian Sheehan, Limerick artist Sandra Sheehan and Cork-based Jennifer O’Connor.

The artists were inspired by the theme of ‘home’. Artist Sandra Sheehan, who works with ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, chose a beloved teddy bear for her card.

“In my experience, many children have a toy that is dear to them, that brings them comfort and that helps make them feel safe,” she explains. “In crisis situations when women and children have to leave home because of domestic abuse, these precious possessions are often left behind, adding to the child’s anxiety and distress. This is why I chose the image of the teddy bear to represent the theme of ‘home’ in relation to ADAPT. Especially at Christmas the staff try and make the refuge as welcoming as possible and no child is left without this small comfort.”

ADAPT’s charity Christmas cards are on sale now, with 8 cards costing €6.95. 100% of the purchase price will go to fund services provided by ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services.

The ADAPT Christmas cards are available from the ADAPT Charity Shop on Sarsfield Street, Limerick, and outlets around Limerick City and County. For outlet details, or if you would like to stock ADAPT’s Christmas cards, contact Lorraine Gallagher on 061-412354 or email [email protected]

ADAPT Christmas Cards for 2017 feature work by the following artists:

AnnMarie McCarthy

AnnMarie McCarthy is a children’s picture book author and illustrator living in Limerick. She graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 1993 with a Degree in Fashion Design and spent over 12 years working in the Irish fashion industry, designing both women’s and children’s knitwear. AnnMarie also completed a diploma at London Art College in Children’s Book Illustration.

AnnMarie visit schools, libraries, and books shop giving readings and illustration workshops. She has also done freelance illustration work for a series of educational bilingual books (Bili Buddies Books). Having completed her studies as a Reiki Master Teacher, AnnMarie has combined all her expertise and knowledge with my life experience to developing a new children’s positive living mindfulness programme called ‘Chill Out Charlie’. Helping children to calm their minds and develop the tools to cope with the business of life today.

AnnMarie’s children’s book titles include: Fungie, Fungie & Mara, Fungie & An Thíne Mhór, Bubble The Rainbow Dragon, Dance With The Parrot, ‘Chill Out Charlie’ – Charlie Paints The World.

AnnMarie also paints a range of watercolour paintings that are vibrant in colour and inspired by universal energy and sacred geometry.

Marian Sheehan

Cork-based mixed media artist Marian Sheehan has a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art Printmaking and an MA in Research through Art Practice. Sheehan’s work has received the Locating the Gothic Legacy Award and The Curators Choice Drawing Award. Marian has exhibited both nationally and internationally since 2015, her work has been included in group shows in Brazil, Japan, Germany and the USA.

Marian’s art practice is strongly influenced by her research into Irish folklore superstition and oral storytelling. Her work features Irish flora and fauna which have rich links to Irish cautionary tales. Sheehan’s paintings have a light pallet and carry illustrative and printmaking attributes, featuring an emphasis on mark-making and weight of line.

Jennifer O’Connor

Jennifer O’Connor is an Irish artist and illustrator based in Co. Cork. She graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA (Honours) in Fine Art specialising in Painting in 2010. 
Her degree work received the Revenue Commissioner’s Purchase Prize Award.

Her illustrations explore flora and fauna around us with a large focus on Irish wildlife in particular and the lore associated with them. Her illustrations have a storybook-like quality to them done mainly in watercolour and acrylic ink. She also has experience in lino print and photography. Her inspirations come from lore, myths, books and of course the beautiful natural world around us.

Sandra Sheehan

Limerick based artist Sandra Sheehan graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design in 1999 with an Honours Degree in Fine Art. She works mainly in acrylic and oil on canvas in a bright, vibrant style. When creating work, her goal is to capture the unique quality and spirit of the subject she is painting.

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