Grieving family stumble upon painting of beloved mother

The Tyrone Times recently featured a heart-warming story about how a chance encounter led a grieving family to find a painting of Vallely’s featuring their mother Ethna in her youth.  Read the full article here.

Musician and dancer

 

Ethna Mary Loughran

Musicians are a recurring theme in Vallely’s work, particularly piano accordion players, which is the reason why this striking image stood out for him when researching archive newspaper photographs.

Vallely was surprised and delighted to hear from a relative of Ethna’s. The McMahon family are fundraising for the Southern Area Hospice. Find the family’s fundraising page here