"Dermot McCarthy worked on a Mural in Brosna for Kerry County Council’s Water Treatment Services. The mural concept was agreed upon as a means of bringing greater awareness of the water service to the area, and to allow the children to explore what it meant to them, whilst gaining a significant art work for the area. Dermot is an excellent artist and is capable of inspiring those he works with; he is very good at facilitating others to explore their creativity. The local children contributed to parts of the mural. All the work began with the theme of water. Importantly the children had the opportunity to work with an artist; to see both the creative and the technical sides of creating art. Dermot also facilitated some painting workshops for Children during the Killarney 250 celebrations which celebrated a painting weekend. The feedback by the Killarney 250 executive, was excellent from those who had the opportunity to learn from Dermot, to experience a true artist and be inspired by him".
“The world Dermot McCarthy brings us into seems settled in every strange detail yet arriving there is as much a surprise to the artist as it is to the viewer. The artist describes his method of working; ´I don´t have any preconceived idea of where I´m going to but I sense when I´ve made a wrong turning…which means erasing lots of lines…the pencil is like the metaphor for ´the white walking stick´ as used by the visually impaired…I blunder my way along but with the belief that everything will work out fine in the end.´ This is a good description of how many artists´ work but what is extraordinary is where Dermot McCarthy arrives. His landscapes are clearly hard to believe yet they are revealed with such precision and conviction that one is convinced that they have existed - or that they might. This is illusion, but then so is all art. What is interesting about Dermot McCarthy’s work is his willingness to enter this unknown land of the mind which, notwithstanding the surrealist look, is a very radical form of art making. (It is in fact what Surrealism aimed for before it got onto the L.P. covers.)”
“In the 1970’s I met Dermot when he worked as a welder in Liebherr, Killarney. He brought along his work which has the same quality to this day of dreamlike minglings, fairy tale stories, countless stories in one single painting. No doubt, one could live with a Dermot McCarthy and go on finding meanings and stories for the rest of one’s life. I feel all brilliant artists have in common an unconscious flow onto the paper of sculpture, something they hardly understand themselves, and because of this unfaltered flow, we the audience identify again in an unconscious manner, Dermot’s work feeding this part of us.