Vicky Phelan Portrait to Raise Money for Heroes Aid Charity

Historic portrait of Ireland’s best known health campaigner Vicky Phelan is to be auctioned to raise money for the charity Heroes Aid which supports frontline healthcare workers

A unique portrait of Ireland’s best-known health campaigner, Vicky Phelan, is to go on sale to raise money for an Irish charity supporting frontline healthcare workers.

The non-profit, Heroes Aid, was set up in March last year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic offering assistance to health workers on the frontline.

Ms Phelan, who was appointed to the board of Heroes Aid as a ‘patient advocate’ unveiled the painting for the first time tonight as part of her appearance on RTE’s ‘Late Late Show.

The artwork by Tullamore artist Vincent Devine, which was commissioned by Heroes Aid, is a large rectangular triptych, featuring acrylic on canvass. In total the piece measures an impressive 4-foot-9 by 9-foot-8 and tells the story of Vicky Phelan’s life in three panels. The piece includes references to her Cancer diagnosis and her heroic advocacy on behalf of all the women caught up in Ireland’s cervical smear controversy.

The painting has been donated to Heroes Aid by the artist and all funds raised will go directly to the charity. The painting and artist can be seen on

Founder and executive member of Heroes Aid, Mary Leahy, says: We approached Vicky Phelan last year to be on the board of Heroes Aid as our ’patient advocate’. We had been incredibly impressed by her ability to give a voice to those who needed it most and knew she’d play a crucial role in helping our country’s vulnerable healthcare workers who have been placed under unrelenting pressure since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic. It’s only fitting that she now has a portrait to tell her own story. We are touched by the generosity of the artist Vincent Devine who has donated the work to us and the money raised will be used to support our healthcare heroes.

Already attracting worldwide attention, the ‘Triptych Portrait of Vicky Phelan’, goes under the hammer at Sheppards’ Irish Auction House at 2pm on Thursday February 4th 2021. The sale will be conducted live online at:

Bidders may participate by phone, online or via commission bid.

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