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Fergus O'Ryan, RHA ANCA (1911-1989)
Born in Limerick on the 13th March 1911. O'Ryan attended St Mary's School, and then studied under Richard Butcher at the Limerick School of Art. By 1931 he was attending evening classes in the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, he enrolled for full time study in 1935. In 1938 he first exibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy, giving his address as the National College of Art, and from then until 1984 he showed practically every year, nearly 200 works. In 1941 he contributed four works to the R.H.A., he used the railway hotel, Westland Row, Dublin as his address. In the periods 1955- 1969 he never missed a year at the Water Colour Society of Ireland, showing almost 50 works. O'Ryan died on the 4th March 1989 in Hospital. The Fergus O'Ryan RHA Memorial Award was instituted at the 1993 exhibition . A Studio sale was held at the James Gallery in Dalkey Co. Dublin in 1997.