Thursday February 20, 2020

This Life: A brush with freedom

Armed robbery saw Eddie Cahill jailed, but it was in prison that he learned a love for art that has allowed him to start his life again, writes Ros Drinkwater.

16th March, 2014
Eddie Cahill: the former criminal turned his talents to art after attending classes with artist Brian Maguire in Portlaoise Prison. Picture: Ros Drinkwater

In Portlaoise Prison the lights go out at 10pm, leaving the prisoners in the dark. ''Where there's a will, there's a way, says Eddie Cahill. ''I used to save my butter, melt it down, throw away the fat and use the oil as a candle. That gave me enough light to paint.

It is 23 years since Cahill took his first steps on a journey that today finds him carefully removing bubble wrap from each...

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