In September 2003 Drogheda Port Company announced its third Annual Arts Commission, and submissions for a triptych painting in any medium and any size on a “port related” theme were invited from local artists. Monasterboice native Ms Ann Mullen O’Brien was chosen for this particular commission. Anne had been working from Millmount Craft Centre and had been involved in a number of solo and group exhibitions both locally and nationally as well as teaching art. Taking her inspiration from the historic nature of the Boyne Valley, Anne had been commissioned to produce many pieces for local businesses and her work has been featured in Irish Homes and Interiors Magazine.
Her beautiful painting spread over three individual canvas encapsulated the beauty of the river Boyne and its natural environment, juxtaposed with the dereliction of long past industries. Anne used the Viaduct and old Marsh Road buildings as her backdrop and also positioned two small boats in the central canvas, one of the boats being the ports old pilot boat from the 1960s. The detail and clever use of light and shade really brings this work of art to life and records a scene now gone and replaced with the scotch hall shopping centre.