The image of Roy Keane was the first of the pieces that I spotted heading up the hill, resulting in an immediate left, and stop. There are other stencil pieces but it is the boy Roy that has had me searching the web for this blog post this evening.
The photo on the left below is from Farranferris Avenue. It shows Roy holding the head of a raven in his right hand over his right eye.
The photo on the right is from the Crawford Art Gallery and shows Roy also holding the raven’s head in his right hand over his right eye. The original photograph was taken by Murdo Macleod and the homepage of his website shows the image hanging in the Crawford – bird in right hand.
There appears to be no issue but if you look really closely you might sense an image of Keano, laughing …..
A few years back, I was able to find an image of the OSM front page on the world wide web but no longer.
The OSM Front page photograph shows wedding ring and watch on his left hand, which is consistent with what is expected, and also how Roy appears in a photo in the Irish Mirror.
The photograph on the OSM cover shows a scar over the right eye which is consistent with the front cover of ‘The Second Half’. The Murdo Macleod image in the Crawford has this on the left.
The Cover Photo appears to indicate a mole or spot on Roy’s right cheek. The Crawford has this on the left. The Daily Express has a photo that suggests a mole on the right cheek.
I do not know why there appear to be two versions of the same photograph. Maybe The Observer purchased the rights to the original, but not of the negative image. Who knows?
The image in my head is of Roy, reciting a poem from the Poet Laureate based in Mayfield, looking down on the city and over to Farranree laughing…….