New Art Exhibition Opens At Cork’s Quay Co-op Restaurant

By Dave Simpson
New Art Exhibition Opens At Cork’s Quay Co-op Restaurant

An artist who worked at the Quay Co-op in Cork for several years in the 1990s has chosen the building as the location for her first exhibition.


Hidden Connections, a series of 19 abstract paintings by Nollaig Dunphy, is now on display in Upstairs at the Co-op restaurant. The Cork native is a psychotherapist with a passion for art. Her exhibition features all-new work created during 2022.

Statement By Nollaig Dunphy

Dunphy stated, “It feels really fitting to be back at the Quay Co-op. I can genuinely say that getting involved and working at the Quay Co-op was the best thing that ever happened to me, and it’s where I met all of my closest friends. It is such a supportive space and has allowed so many people, including myself, to find our way and be true to ourselves. My paintings are representative of my own life and relationships, though, of course, it’s abstract, and therefore not visible to others. I paint in the hope that the viewer will be pleased, curious, and perhaps taken momentarily to another place.”

Statement By The General Manager Of The Quay Co-op

Simon Tiptaft, general manager of the Quay Co-op, added, “We’re thrilled that Nollaig has chosen Upstairs at the Co-op as the location for her first exhibition. We love nothing more than celebrating and featuring some of Cork’s most renowned painters, as well as up-and-coming artists on the walls of our vegetarian and vegan restaurant.

“The Quay Co-op has been a community space for 40 years, and we hope to build on that over the coming weeks and months. We have recently restored the Pawnbroker’s Office on the third floor. In the past, it was the HQ for women’s groups, CND, and the LGBTQ community campaigns. We are delighted to be able to offer this very special private space for business and social groups to book once again, and with a number of Nollaig’s paintings hanging there also, we hope the art will provide some added inspiration.”


Further Information

A ‘taster’ selection of Dunphy’s paintings will also be on display in the Downstairs Deli and in the Carrigaline and Ballincollig shops. Further information can be found at

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