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May Fayne, the illustrative humour of Wendy Shea


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May Fayne - from the Irish "Me fein" (myself alone) is a character of uncertain years, who speaks for an increasing population of ageing and bewildered people, who dread negotiating traffic, school going children on the pavement, untrained dogs, lorries parked on pavements and so on, plus the accompanying rudeness of the perpetrators of such offences. They still manage to have enough vanity to hope they could still score attention from the opposite sex.
O-Brien - was the result of my years of costume design for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, involving Kitchen Sink dramas and the characters that inhabited them. A fairly typical hairstyle of the time was prevalent, and also the navy suits with white pinstripes, which did service in all walks of life. He came to New York and was not phased by anything. Men I met at parties thought he was wonderful!
Blasphemous Libel - This case arouse as a result of a drawing I did for an article that Conor Cruise O'Brien did for The Sunday Independent at the time of the Divorce referendum. There was a poster produced announcing "Hello divorce Bye bye Daddy". Many were taken aback at the stance taken by the Roman Catholic Hierarchy to the effect that divorced people would not be eligible for receiving Holy Communion. This included politicians - not previously known for defiance in religious matters.
The drawing was innocent of anything blasphemous as I, being a protestant did not consider the rendering to show anything more than the wine and the wafer being offered were anything other than a representation.
We were challenged by a carpenter from Inner city Dublin and had a High Court session where we won the case and later we again were victorious, this case was in camera, so very little was known about it. It was the first Blasphemous Libel case to happen in Ireland.
[Read more about it here: www.broadsheet.ie/2015/01/09/hello-progress/]