Vincent Crotty was selected as the 2007 recipient of the Eddie Barron Memorial Commission – a grant sponsored by the Irish Cultural Centre of New England. This grant commissions a New England artist (in any discipline) to create a new work that reflects contemporary Irish and Irish-American culture. Vincent’s commissioned painting, called “Side Couples Swing,” is a 10-foot long canvas depicting a céilí dance hall setting, with figures inspired by performers in today’s Irish music and dance scene. The painting was unveiled on Saturday, August 11, 2007 at the annual Irish Connections “ICONS” Festival, a weekend celebration of Irish music, dance, art, and culture. It will remain in the permanent collection of the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton, Massachusetts.