Probably the best arts festival in the country!

Oil painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of empty fireplace entitled Tintean Treigthe 15

It’s true what they say – the Boyle Arts Festival is a real gem of a festival with great music and art, and a special emphasis on small, intimate events in the various historical buildings of Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Now in its 28th year, this festival has a well deserved reputation for being one of the best local celebrations of the Arts in this country.

Of course, there’s plenty of drama, poetry, storytelling, singers’ evenings and street performances and there’s a great mix of workshops and children’s programmes as well; there’s local art exhibitions, pop-up galleries and craft trails utilising the vacant premises and there’s just a wonderful community spirit in the town – but my main interest this year is in the art exhibition at King House – because I was invited to show one of my Tinteán Tréigthe paintings there (see above).

the crowd at King House Boyle Arts Festival. photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Minister for Arts and Culture at the Boyle Arts Festival

the crowds at Boyle Arts Festival. Photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

This year, the theme (and title) is: Facing West and it brings together established and emerging artists in a great array of painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and drawing. Over 100 artists! The exhibition was curated by Paul McKenna and was officially opened last Thursday by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. (yes, one wonders about that title alright)

Anyway, it was great to be there and, as you can see from the photos, I wasn’t the only one enjoying the occasion!



  1. Hi Eoin. I just had to say that that painting is probably the best of your’s that I’ve seen. The textures of the flaking paint, the debris and the old soot in the fireplace are incredible but also the sense of loss that you have evoked. ‘Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin’.

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