Driving through the Valley is a unique experience. It is embedded in a mountainous landscape of unspoilt nature – Mweelrea Mountain and Sheeffry Hills. There are two lakes on the east-side, where the Wild Atlantic Way winds its way through.
A yearly walk is held along this route in memory of the Doolough dead and to highlight the starvation of the world’s poor, still today.
A stone memorial cross can be found on the northern edge of the valley, dedicated to the victims of the “Doolough Tragedy” marking one of the most tragic periods in Irish history. During the Great Famine in 1849, hundreds of people made their way from Louisburgh to Delphi Lodge. Threatened by starvation, their suffering was ignored and they were turned away. Many died from malnutrition on the return journey to Louisburgh in Doolough Valley.
“How can men feel honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings?”
It certainly is a work day! The RDS Hall where the show takes place turns into a building site. Everyone has a job to do and every tool is put to full use. Within the space of a few hours, chaos turns into a certain type of order.
Just a few finishing touches for tomorrow.
The lighting will be on.
There will be a place for everything with everything in its place!
We slip out quietly carrying our quota of tools – drills and ladders and God knows what else!
We have a nice presentation (I hope) on our Stand N40.
This stand is right beside all the talks on interior design etc.
Tomorrow I shall enjoy listening to all those tips. See more here
Come along over the weekend and see / hear what the Ideal Home Show can offer you and be sure to drop by my stand at N40 and say hello.
You just might find that perfect piece of art to make your home the Ideal Home.
at the Ideal Home Show, Dublin 12- 14th April 2019
The painting is framed in a white contemporary style box frame and is ready to hang.
The image below helps you visualise how it would look on your wall.
Yes! The Spring has finally arrived and that means it’s time for Ireland’s biggest and best loved home show.
The permanent tsb Ideal Home Show – full of ideas, advice and inspiration with amazing new home products from the largest selection of suppliers of any event in Ireland – over 220 Exhibitors – see list
Ideal Home Show
If you have not yet gotten your tickets for the Ideal Home Show,
As luck would have it, we got a very nice gift voucher for a two night stay in Westport, West of Ireland – along the beautiful Mayo coastline.
Discovering new places
So much to see and do in this magic spot. Croagh Patrick, was all pervasive and we reminisced about the difficult climb that we had done the year before on this pilgrimage site. This was certainly not to be repeated at this windy and cold time of year. So, we were just as pleased to admire its majestic qualities from a distance (phew!)
We drove around the coastline and discovered a beach that surprisingly enough, I had not been to before – Carrowmore Beach.
Bertra Beach was equally charming and we discovered that this is great surfing area that stretches into Clew Bay.
We continued to explore the area and came upon such lovely scenes. No matter what time of year you travel around Ireland, each season has a superb offering of colour, vibrancy, wildlife wonder winding its path along The Wild Atlantic Way.
And so, after my very nice adventure to Co. Mayo – I came home and began a new painting of Gurteen Bay. Gurteen is just outside Roundstone, Connemara and not too far from where we had visited. Gurteen Bay is yet another well frequented and favourite of mine. It has a unique horseshoe shape alongside Dogs Bay. The wild headland stretches out into the Atlantic between the two beaches.
So, I hope you like it. I will have it with me at the Ideal Home Show for purchase.
Here’s hoping that you will join me there over the weekend of 12th to 14th April. For extra encouragement, here is the link to avail of free tickets for admission to the show.
A short while ago, I had the absolute delight to catch the Regatta in the very charming village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. Since then, I have gone mad painting Galway Hooker fishing boats because they are so majestic, beautiful and strong.
Roundstone is on the west coast of Connemara an area of outstanding natural beauty and inspiration for many artists with hills, valleys and beautiful coastlines.
The Galway hooker is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. The hooker was developed for the strong seas there. It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumblehome and raked transom. Its sail plan consists of a single mast with a main sail and two foresails.
There are so many interesting places to visit in Connemara, for example:
The rugged, glacially sculpted backdrop to Roundstone is the majestic mountain of Errisbeg, which rises to almost 1,000 feet. No visit to Connemara is ever complete without a visit to the harbour village of Roundstone. It is an ideal base from which to explore the wonderful ice-age scoured and lake-strewn Roundstone Bog. South of the village the crescent-shaped beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay and their intervening tombolo draw thousands each summer.
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Galway Hookers and Currachs in Roundstone, Co. Galway – Yay!
Having spent a fabulous week in Co. Mayo, I headed on up to Clifden in Galway ( the capital of Connemara!)
Aw! the west coast of Ireland, such raw beauty – I feel so happy and energised every time I head for the west and the Wild Atlantic Way.
You can drive the scenic route around the Sky Loop Road which offers spectacular views of the coastline (unfortunately, this time round, the mist came down like a thick blanket ghosting over the landscape and denied me that beauty I’d witnessed just weeks before).
Roundstone is a charming little harbour village. I see signs along the way announcing the regatta from Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd July – Yay!
This festival is over 200 years old.
I have always, always, wanted to see a regatta with those beautiful red sails of the Galway Hookers up close.
The Galway hooker is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. The hooker was developed for the strong seas that exist along the coast. It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumblehome and raked transom. Wikipedia
I just couldn’t believe my luck to happen upon such a wondrous event!
I have painted the Hookers so many times. My children had attended Irish college in the Gaeltacht areas (Irish tradition), they too sent me photos, knowing my love of the boats and that my paint brushes would always be at the ready.
A currach (Irish: curach, Irish pronunciation: [ˈkʊɾˠax]) is a type of Irish boat with a wooden frame. They are smaller rowing boats and do not need to be anchored. They have a peculiar shape with a deep hull.
Let the Regatta begin:
I found me a “little spot” where I could watch the whole event with a full view of the bay.
I was the child in the candy shop.
Perched on a grassy bank and nibbling some snacks, I noticed through the corner of my eye, a little four legged creature passing by. It began with R and ended in T). Normally, I would get over-excited by such events, I might even scream. But this time, I picked myself up and headed for a large rock where I could see all around me and my little four legged creature went off about his business – perfect!
The day went on and more and more people assembled with cameras and binoculars. There was great excitement and delight. We could just about hear the muffled announcements over the loudspeakers coming from the harbour.
The currachs took off in races one after the other around the buoys. The Hookers cruised around in the background and then it was their turn to sail. I watched them dissapear off into the horizon!
So …………… all I want to do now, is to get painting. I want to remember this day through paint and try to recreate and capture that magic.