“The Top 5 Irish Artists”

Solas na Gealaí - art by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
“Solas na Gealaí/ Sister Moon”, 90 x 80 cm, mixed media, 2013

Well, I don’t think I ever imagined that I’d be categorised as one of the Top 5 Irish Artists but – there you have it – it happened last Thursday night in Belgium, and the person who said it was none other than Jimmy Deenihan, the Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Ah yes… fame at last.

It was Europe Day, the 9th of May, and the occasion was the opening of “Shaping Identities Together/ Ag Cruthú le chéile”, an exhibition by 5 contemporary Irish artists in the old Irish College in Louvain (now known as Leuven).

And what an occasion – the food, they served us little cups of white asparagus soup, minced herring on silver spoons, little tartlets of tender duck, pineapple chunks wrapped in bacon… (you wouldn’t want to be a vegetarian that night) – and the music, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin and Celticanto. Ó Súilleabháin played some wonderful moving pieces on the grand piano that night, music that carried us back to the 17th century, music that had once been played for the O’Donnells and the O’Neills of Tír Chonaill, music reminding us of the “Flight of the Earls” and of the beginning of the Irish Diaspora.

But, back to the art… Now you know, of course, that there were two members of Aosdána and a member of the RHA in this exhibition (I’m neither) but it was an impressive show, I think.  Hughie O’Donoghue had a wonderful painting entitled “Scribe” and Colin Martin had a pensive video installation which featured the Franciscan archives in UCD.  However, as this is my blog, I’m showing you one of my own works from the exhibition (see above).

Below, it’s myself, Hughie O’Donoghue and Micheál Ó Súilleabháin.

Eoin, Hughie and Micheál

And here’s a link to The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe:  http://www.leuveninstitute.eu




    • Now Liam, it’s all very well to put on a big splash for one day. But what about the other 364 days? Are we supposed to eat cake? e


  1. Congratulations Eoin. It really sounds a wonderful exhibit. Now don’t let all that fame and pickled herring go to your head!! Keep up the good work.

    Sending best wishes. R


  2. […] We had a great night last night at the opening of “Shaping Identities Together/ Ag Cruthú le Chéile” in the National Print Museum in the old army barracks of Beggars’ Bush, Dublin.  This was a group exhibition with Hughie O’Donoghue, Colin Martin RHA, Robbert Russell, Geraldine O’Reilly and myself, the exhibition that we first presented in Leuven, Belgium during the Irish Presidency of the EU.  See: https://emacl.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/the-top-5-irish-artists/ […]


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