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December 18, 1956 |
Mount Temple, County Westmeath, Ireland
Holloway is from Mount Temple, County Westmeath in Ireland. She received a Bachelor of Arts from University College Dublin (UCD) in modern and mediaeval Irish in 2004. She also received a BA in history of art, Italian and English from UCD. In 2005, she completed her higher diploma in education as well as a qualification in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). She works mainly as a secondary school teacher  and artist.
Shortly after completing secondary school, Holloway became a fashion and photographic model. She gained praise and attention in the late 1970s and 1980s for her work. She appeared in magazines and newspapers, both in Ireland and abroad. In 1975, after winning the Miss Westmeath competition, she represented her country as Miss Ireland at the Miss International Beauty Pageant in Okinawa, Japan. She is the only native of County Westmeath to become Miss Ireland.
Holloway  appeared in films, stage plays, television dramas and Ads. She has performed in The Focus Theatre in Dublin.
In 1978, Holloway appeared in The First Great Train Robbery with Sean Connery. She also worked as a double for actress Lesley-Anne Down. She worked in "The Flame Is Love", "The Year Of The French", "The Death of our Angels" and "Tailor Made".
Her stage career includes performances such as Sauce for The Goose (with RTÉ Players, Gaiety Theatre), Meeting of the Ladies Club, The Importance of Being Earnest, Living Quarters by Brian Friel, The Love Of The Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker - she played the part of The Queen[clarification needed] at Players Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin, The Death of Cuchalainn by W.B. Yeats - played lead part at the North American Theatre Festival in Milwaukee.
Holloway uses oils, watercolours, pastels and pencil. Her works include portraits of Irish President Mary McAleese, golfers Pádraig Harrington and Seve Ballesteros and American singer Elvis Presley, as well as maritime, wildlife and scenery paintings.
Holloway studied at the Crawford College of Art, Cork. She abandoned these studies when she was encouraged[by whom?] to become a model. However, her interest in painting was revived later on. She studied under Kay Doyle, President of the Watercolour Society of Ireland.
In November 1997, Holloway's painting "Coming Out of the wood - Seve Ballesteros" was chosen from 300 entries for the Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown Open Exhibition of 30 artists. In April 1998, two of her paintings were chosen for the Dun Laoghaire exhibition - "Asgard II" and "Dun Laoghaire Harbour". This work was singled out for special mention by the Administrator of the Crawford Gallery, Cork. His comment was "An Artist of exceptional talent". Since then Holloway has completed a number of commissions and her work is now in private collections in Ireland, Britain and America.
In September 2006, Holloway returned to her home town for her first solo exhibition, "Inspirations", which was opened by writer and artist Don Conroy and Vera Hughes, a local historian. This was followed by an invitation to exhibit her work in Arklow in the summer of 2007.
In December 2007, her first solo Dublin exhibition took place at Airfield House, Dundrum. The exhibition, entitled "Reflections", was opened by Eoghan Harris who highlighted Holloway's draughtsmanship. He also referred to her as "the Nigella Lawson of Irish artists", referring to the force and energy in her work, and the glamour of the artist herself.
In November, 2008 Holloway held an art exhibition with another former Miss Ireland, Jakki Moore, in Dún Laoghaire. The exhibition, entitled "The Magical World of Maritime", was a celebration of coral. Holloway and Moore collaborated once again in December 2011 at the Sol Art Gallery in Dublin. The exhibition, entitled "Moments", was opened by Jimmy Murakami.
During the summer of 2011, the United States Embassy in Dublin accepted an oil painting entitled "Faimine Ship - Jeanie Johnston" by Holloway to be presented to President Barack Obama during his 2011 visit to Ireland. She subsequently received a letter of gratitude from the President for her gift.
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