Who’s who: Can you name these famous Cork faces?

A graphic artist best-known for his work on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man has drawn inspiration from chat-show host Graham Norton’s famous ‘red chair’ scenario to immortalise legendary Corkonians in a large city centre mural.

Ballycotton-based artist Will Sliney has set eight great Cork personalities around Bandon-raised Norton, who himself is perched uncomfortably in his top-ratings show’s red chair.

The ‘red chair’ slot at the end of his BBC chat show has become one of the show’s highlights.

Audience members volunteer to sit in it and tell a funny story about themselves.

Norton’s celebrity guests then listen intently and decide whether to flip the audience members, or let them walk.

Sliney decided to place his figures in a similar setting, with a legendary rock musician leaning on the chair on one side, and a former soccer star turned manager on the other poised to pull the chair’s trigger on the other.

Norton looks anxious, as Keane gives him one of his famous stares.

Among the other figures captured in Sliney’s unique graphic cartoon style are a former taoiseach, an athlete, a hurling and a rugby legend, a freedom fighter, and a hugely respected young actor who is equally at ease on stage as in a Hollywood blockbuster.

The mural has just been installed on the back of the Sugarcube on the Grand Parade boardwalk.

Businessman Ernest Cantillon, who runs the creperie, commissioned Sliney to create the mural.

“We have left the names off the mural in the hope that it will prompt interaction between locals and tourists about who’s who and why are they special to Cork,” he said.

The mural has been created on a vandal-proof material. Mr Cantillon said that he hopes it will be respected.


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