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How model Thalia became a muse for Dublin artist Duda


Thalia Heffernan

Thalia Heffernan

Duda's picture of Thalia

Duda's picture of Thalia


Thalia Heffernan

We're used to seeing her face on the pages of glossy magazines and now model Thalia Heffernan is the inspiration for one of Ireland's top artists.

The Dublin beauty (20) has become the muse of Dublin-based artist Duda, whose real name is David Uda, after he painted a colourful portrait of the model, which is now on display at a London art fair.

It seems Thalia couldn't be happier with the piece as she shared a photo of the artwork on Instagram. "So honoured to be painted by the incredible Duda. So in love," she wrote.

Thalia isn't the only Irish beauty to have her face sketched by an artist.

Recently, Kildare model Emma Waldron (26) had a mural of her face painted on a wall in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn by artist Robert Vargas.

The former Miss Ireland, who is now based in New York, admitted she was delighted to be used as inspiration for the wall art.

"I have loved street art for so long … It's an incredibly meaningful day and a wonderful experience I will cherish forever," she wrote on Instagram.

Two Doors at Academy

Northern Irish indie group Two Door Cinema Club have been lined up to perform in Dublin's Academy later this month.

The trio will play a DJ set at Circus - The Summer Carnival in the venue on Saturday, June 13, along with other acts including DJ Flip, Sunset Kiss and Cull.

Adding to the carnival theme will be famous circus performers Aerial Cirque.

Tickets for the event are priced at €10 and are available on the door on the night

Dubs cook up a storm

Dublin GAA stars Jack McCaffrey, John Small and David Byrne swapped jerseys for aprons yesterday as they cooked up a storm in Dublin's Gibson Hotel.

Fresh from their landslide victory over Longford at the weekend, the football trio were on hand to serve up some nutritious grub as the hotel's Hemidemisemi bar and Coda Eatery launched their new healthy summer menus.

In the capable hands of chef Alan Keegan, the boys showed they're as impressive in the kitchen as on the pitch.