Little town, Big Festival!

Razan, watercolour by Eoin Mac Lochlainn 2020
“Razan”, 30 x 40 cm, watercolour on Arches paper, 2020

I was delighted once again, to have my work on show at the Dunlavin Arts Festival in Co. Wicklow last weekend.  And in such good company too, with artists including Shay O’Byrne, Nicola Lynch Morrin, Comhghall Casey, Elke Thonnes, Cathy Callan, Mike Fitzharris, Alice Maher and many more.

We were the ‘invited’ group in the Market House exhibition (that’s one of my watercolour paintings above) but there were art exhibitions all over this little town, it really is a wonderful festival.  In its 38th year now and as always, with a lively programme of exhibitions, live music, food, craft fair, kids’ workshops and basically, just a whole lot of fun!  #dunlavinartsfestival

Photo by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of Market House, Dunlavin, Co.Wicklow
The Market House

Now, as well as having the two great community festivals, there’s another possible connection between Dunlavin and Harold’s Cross – because Aralt (or Harold) was a Viking who was killed in the Battle of Gleann Máma in the year 999 and is reputedly buried outside Dunlavin under the Crehelp Pillar. Could this be the same Viking that the cross of Harold’s Cross was named after?

They say that Aralt was the younger brother of Sitric, the Viking king of Dublin (but whether or not he was the same fella who used to drink in McGowan’s pub, I suppose we’ll never know).



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