Sales of prints of one of the last paintings by a popular Donegal artist have raised more than €6,000 for his favourite charity.
Joseph (Joe) Carlin, Crossroads, Killygordon, passed away peacefully on September 18 following a long battle with cancer. He was just 54 years of age.
Joe was an exceptionally talented, self-taught, abstract artist.
However, he will be best remembered as a great family and community man.
A gentle and kind soul, he selflessly gave up his time for Crossroads and Killygordon branch of St Vincent de Paul.
In recent years, Joe moved from his trademark dark colours and scenes to more colourful, vibrant works.
This, combined with his love of nature, can be seen here – in one of his final paintings.
Joe’s long-time friend and former classmate, Ballybofey photographer Gerard McHugh, was behind the fundraising venture.
This week, himself and Joe’s brother, Sean, handed over a cheque for €6,220 to Sadie and Anne Marie Kelly, members of the local SVP branch.
In addition, Sean also presented just over €1,900 to the ladies, the proceeds of donations in lieu of flowers during Joe’s wake and funeral.