An Elvis Presley Connection.

Updated 17th February 2018.

There is presently an Elvis in the US Army Exhibit at Graceland! All that is needed is a life-sized bronze statue of Elvis depicted in his pristine dress uniform. Positive publicity.





This ‘Cosmos’ 20×16 inch unframed painting of mine was sold to this guy in California

The Kingfisher is my latest painting. Sold to a guy in Germany.

Before Putin there was Ras


Contact Tel 353 01 8403685 or email Maurice_Colgan@yahoo.

Great news! Elvis at 13 featured in the New nationaltreasures webpage, Dublin.

I believe my early 1999  call to Glenn McCullough Mayor of Tupelo at that time may have started the ball rolling as news of the first Elvis Festival was forwarded to me by a long distance call to Ireland by his secretary two days after my telephone call from Ireland to Mississippi. The first Elvis Festival took place in the heat of August of 1999.

Loosely based on a spiral Galaxy. An experiment. May do a few more. People like it.





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Busy on

A small Elvis Presley Museum in Dublin Ireland is Needed. It would be a Great Tourist attraction. Entrepreneurs? Landlords?

1961 I wrote to Elvis Presley. Replies below. Authenticated by Sotheby’s, Bonham’s, and Graceland.

1997 the story won us a trip to Memphis. May 1998 a RTE1 radio Documentary covering our trip to Graceland was broadcast. Received  letters, from Elvis co stars Dolores Hart and Anne Helm etc.

January 2002 After my suggestion to the Mayor of Tupelo MS the ‘Elvis at 13’ statue by Michiel Vander Sommen was unveiled. We were invited to the city by the Mayor.

My bid for a Statue of Elvis as a soldier was covered by ‘Stars and Stripes’ US Army newspaper 16th August 2002.

2003 Invited to Memphis by a Presley relative. Maureen’s idea of an ‘Elvis at 3’ statuette realized. 2015 two more statues of Elvis by Michiel Vander Sommen unveiled. I was there after an invitation from Michiel. We had dinner together that day. Models and images of the statues on all sorts of items are available for sale at Elvis’s birthplace shop.  Plaques depicting the ‘Elvis at 13’ have been placed all around the city of Tupelo. Did I start an industry in the USA?

Met Elvis’s first manager and famous guitarist Scotty Moore backstage  at Vicar Street in Dublin.

There is a lot more to be told. Deserves a feature, Documentary, a movie!!!

16th August 2017 the 40th Anniversary of Elvis’s death. Lots of media interest, and I have a truly amazing Elvis story  to share.  Call 353 01 8403685

Elvis at 3 by sculptor Michiel Vander Sommen. Maureen my Wife gave him the idea when he was here in our home. The little statue is available to purchase at the Elvis birthplace shop in Tupelo MS USA.


Contacted by RTE1 Liveline.

Elvis at 13 by his birthplace in Tupelo Mississippi USA., by sculptor Michiel Vander Sommen.

 The idea of the statue was born in my head here in Ireland and transmitted by letter to, Larry K Otis, the Mayor of Tupelo. The story deserves a Documentary.

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There is an Elvis stamp on ebay, asking price just, ONE Million Dollars!


A painting I have done of the Ocean crashing on rocks.

My wife, a little ‘Jewish Princess’ on the day we married 26th September 1959. Maureen passed away 14th September 2015 aged 74. I miss her every long day. I see her in my dreams.

More than two years now without Maureen. It is tough.



















Ireland. Landscapes and Culture.

A rare portrait of Ludwig Van Beethoven. His magnificent 7th symphony is based on an Irish air, “Save Me From the Wise and Grave”. The 4th movement “The apotheosis of the dance”, said Wagner.

It would have  <Michael Flatley>, of River Dance fame, spinning.

Welcome to this website where stories about Ireland and the extraordinary impact this little island has had on the world will include a great many music related episodes sure to educate and entertain.


Above a view from the very beautiful Skellig Michael.  Recently episodes of the latest <“Star Wars”> movies, were shot there.

The rocky Skellig islands are roughly twelve kilometres from the coast of county Kerry. Boat trips are available in the summer season. It would be wise to bear in mind the climb to the summit of Skellig Michael is very steep indeed, and no hand rails!

A lot more information can be found about the Skellig islands on Wikipedia and google searches. There will be more here later as  I research further.

Ireland is an ancient land with an amazing history. Before the bronze age little is known of the inhabitants, but the massive man-made stone and rock structures dotted all over the Irish countryside tell of a people with a great knowledge of building complex structures, and a fine understanding of  Astronomy.

<Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth> are  prime  examples.


Please follow me on twitter. @MauriceColganIE  as I post there fairly frequently. Thousands of impressions per day.

For  fascinating Discovering Ireland, photos.