Paul Francis is a professional graphic designer and illustrator who has lived in Dún Laoghaire all his life. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Paul’s work in illustrating museum exhibits has brought history to life for many people.

Paul’s keen interest in the history of the town is reflected in his piece for Dún Laoghaire Anseo. It tells the story of William Maher, a local resident who worked on board the RMS Leinster. It recounts the dramatic events of October 10th 1918 when the ship was struck by a torpedo and went down. William saved a young girl, Dorothy Topping, from certain death, pulling her from the sea.

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