Elvis superfan Patsy all shook up over a Blanch exhibition

by Sylvia Pownall
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A series of photographs capturing the colourful world of Elvis superfan Patsy Boylan will go on display in Blanchardstown this week.

Welcome to Graceland, by Suella Holland, opens at Connolly Hospital on Friday, April 26 and is sure to cause a fever for all the right reasons among staff, patients and visitors.

The work showcases the wonderful world of colour, tribute and humour that is Meath man Patsy’s everyday life, capturing his obsession with gathering mad-cap collectors’ items.

Elvis Presley died on Suella’s eighth birthday in the summer of 1977, and she vividly remembers how, every year since, radio stations play The King’s timeless classics.

Though his music is not of a genre that the quirky and unique photo artist is naturally drawn to, she feels an affinity to Elvis because they share the date of August 16.

She said the study of widower Patsy’s way of life was a labour of love and she found a form of beautiful self-expression among what others might dismiss as clutter.

Suella told Dublin Gazette: “He’s an amazing character, a one-off. This was a lesson in escapism, a total break from the monotony of life.

“I left with a smile on my face that reached my heart as well as my eyes. A unique and wonderful adventure into someone else’s world.”

Patsy’s love of all things Elvis has mushroomed from a couple of pieces into a treasure trove of memorabilia which is the envy of superfans the world over.

Suella was drawn to his story and the sense of fun that Patsy exudes from this Elvis shrine he calls home in rural County Meath.

She said: “We all have our passions and Patsy wears his proudly on every surface in his home, and even occasionally in the form of his tight-fitting white Elvis replica jumpsuit.”

A number of the images are named after Elvis’ songs, which Suella feels is a fitting and apt tribute to both Elvis and Patsy.

We reckon anyone who visits this unique exhibition is bound to be struck by The Wonder of View…

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