Cathy O'Donovan (nee Madden) came to Limerick from Cork to study Graphic Design in LSAD. Married to Niall, they have two daughters Laura and Maeve.
Cathy started painting as a hobby in 1985 and had a joint exhibition "New Beginnings" in Limerick 1987 with Limerick artist Joan Conran. Her first solo exhibition "Samhra Beatha"was in Galway City Library in 2005 and on the strength of that success Cathy exhibited her first Limerick solo June 2008. She is currently working in her Limerick studio for her upcoming 2020 exhibition.