Bray People 19 March 2008

Business was brisk at the sales desk in the Signal Art Centre when a space had to be cleared to allow the legendary broadcaster and naturalist Éamon de Buitléir clamber up to address the enormous crowd which attended the launch of Mary Duffy's exhibition in the Signal Arts centre last Friday night. Describing her paintings as "music" de Buitléir paid tribute to the artist by taking out his harmonica and playing the Donegal tune, An Bótharín Buí, to the delight of the assembled crowd which included Liz Mc Manus, TD, Donal Toolan, Actor and disability rights activist and Carrie Crowley, Actor.
With some of the assembled squeezed out onto the pavement, such were the numbers, Mary Duffy then addressed the crowd...She described talking on her home turf was a "perilous adventure....

She acknowledged the importance and value the contribution that support from both Arts councils have made to her life as a disabled artist and she closed her remarks thanking her buyers with a mischievous grin, for helping her be the person she likes being best… “the exception to the rule”