Wife-killer's art to go on display
Wife-killer Eamonn Lillis will have two of his own paintings showcased at a national exhibition of prison art opening to the public this week.
The pair of watercolours were created by Lillis at Wheatfield Prison, where he is serving a six years and 11 months sentence for killing his wife Celine Cawley with a brick at their home in Howth, Co Dublin, more than three years ago.
Signed with the initials ELIL, one of the paintings features a dragonfly poised on a green leaf and looking in the direction of an open pink flower underneath.
The other appears to represent a hummingbird hovering over some vibrantly orange-coloured flowers, with purple stems and green foliage.
They will be among more than 145 pieces displayed at The Crushed Bull show at Kilmainham Gaol Museum in Dublin.
Renowned artist Robert Ballagh officially opens the exhibition, featuring the work of inmates around the country, tomorrow evening. Doors are opened to the public from Friday until April 15.
The Irish Prison Service runs a national art show every two years, with work from serving inmates as well as two post-release centres in Dublin.
A prison source said while works were not openly for sale, some had been sold in the past and if a potential buyer was very interested, contact could be made with an inmate with a view to selling the piece.
"The money goes to the prisoner," said the source.
"But sometimes, if it was a group piece that was chosen, we might say give the money to a charity or that kind of thing."