Annual artworks auction for Madra goes online

Art works by some of Ireland’s top artists including Padraig McCaul, Connacht Rugby coach Jimmy Duffy, renowned RHA Connemara artist Dorothy Cross and Galway artist Grace Cunningham will go under the hammer at the annual MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

This year’s event will be online due to Covid restrictions — it is open for registration now and online bids on Friday November 26. It will remain available to view and bid online until Monday November 29 at 5pm.

The link will be on MADRA’s website and across all its social media platforms.

This year’s goal is to raise €10,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is dedicated to finding new homes for unwanted, neglected, abused and abandoned dogs. It is facing unprecedented bills as its two income-generating charity shops have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, says the art auction includes stunning artworks with adiverse range of subjects and styles.

“We are honoured so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care. “We have amazing support from dog lovers throughout the year, but the annual charity art auction is a way for us to reach out to a wider audience, who receive something unique in return”. In 2020, paintings were shipped by MADRA as far away as USA and New Zealand.

Ms Fiddler says the charity art auction is a vital fundraiser for MADRA, it is wonderful to see some of Ireland’s best artists using their talent to support animal welfare in Ireland.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to purchase incredible artwork from artists of such national and international renown – and for such a worthy cause”.

Prices range from €20 to €1,000 she says, ‘there is something for everyone, and it makes such a special Christmas gift”.

The list of talented artists includes Pádraig McCaul, Grace Cunningham, Imelda Healy, Sallyann Beirne, Siobhán Burke, Leah Beggs, Paul Crozier, JasonO’Ceannabháin, Joe O’Shaughnessy, Vanda Luddy, Sylvia Parkinson-Brown, Michael Tierney, Patricia Kavanagh, Anne Marie Kavanagh, Aoife Dowd and many more.

To view the online catalogue, log on to or enquire via email to [email protected].

MADRA is dedicated to finding new homes for unwanted, neglected, abused and abandoned dogs.


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