A good armchair, wonderful poetry and… some other serious stuff
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
5d ago
I heard the Dawn Chorus again this morning.  Still dark. Why do they get up so early? Why do they sound so happy, so full of joy?  And why is it I cannot sleep? I was delighted to have two paintings selected for the RHA Annual Exhibition. (the two faces on this page)  There was 5,313 submissions but only 346 pieces selected for exhibition in the end.  So last Sunday I was at the Varnishing Day and that was nice.  I met loads of old friends. Before the opening I had been to a book launch and listened to the wonderful poems of Geraldine Mitchell.  Naming Love. I w ..read more
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Hoping to ward off Evil Spirits…
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
2w ago
the farmyard at Ballyvoodrane, 1973 Ballyvoodrane – that’s where this post is going today.  Yes, Ballyvoodrane is a small townland in the County Wexford, a place where we went on holidays long, long ago. It came to my mind the other day as I was tipping away in the allotment. To be precise, I was shovelling horse shit into sacks when, wonder of wonders, I came across a horseshoe. As the sun was beating down, ag scoilteadh na gcloch, you might say, I left it in the sack to be examined later and then, I forgot all about it. But then, as I was redistributing the well-rotted manure around the ..read more
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Do you worry about the future?
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
2w ago
Image from the Book of Kells.   source:  Wikimedia Commons Growing up in Dublin, I never had much to do with Trinity College.  There was this bizarre story in our family that my Dad wanted to study art history there but, when he wrote to archbishop John Charles McQuaid to ask for permission, he was refused.  We never heard if it was because of the college’s links to the Protestant Ascendancy or if it was because the art might’ve corrupted his poor soul.  Probably the latter! The first time that I entered its “hallowed halls” was to see the world-famous ninth centu ..read more
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What gives you Hope? (Here’s some)
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
3w ago
A friend of mine was asking: “What about Hope? What about the things that give us Hope?” and Joe said: “Huh – if there is anything” and that got me thinking.  We really need to hang on to those things that inspire us but also, we must try to resist the stuff that leads to despair. So here goes: Samhaircíní (pronounced: sour keeny). That’s them above, the primroses that tell me that winter is finally over and that summer is definitely on the way.  Actually, I suppose they’re my second sign of hope because the Snowdrops or Plúiríní Sneachta were the first to arrive.  Every year i ..read more
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To shrug or not to shrug… what will you do?
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
1M ago
I’ve just seen my first swallow – flying high over Glasnevin Cemetery.  I was so glad to see it.  Heralding the start of the Irish summer.  Goodness knows we need some good news these days – so here we go again – a Haiku for the swallows. Féach na Fáinleoga is an Samhradh ag filleadh Buíochas le Dia Did you know that swallows travel about 9500 kilometres twice a year, all the way to South Africa and back.  They nest here in Ireland for the summer and then, they head south in September, flying across Europe and over the Sahara desert till they reach their holiday homes in ..read more
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Handel, and the way he might look at you…
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
1M ago
No, this isn’t one of my paintings.  I got it off the internet and I’m afraid that I don’t know who painted it.  Who is it?  It is George Friedrich Handel – the composer of Handel’s “Messiah”. The first performance of “Messiah” was staged in Neale’s Musick Hall in Fishamble Street, Dublin on the 13th of April, 1742, just around the corner from Christchurch Cathedral and the modern day Civic Offices. Here’s how it came about:  Handel had emigrated from Saxony as a young man and made a name for himself in London with his Italian operas.  But, as you know, fashions are f ..read more
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Think like a human being!
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
1M ago
“Righter of Wrongs no.2” watercolour, 2019 It seems like it’s been raining for forty days and forty nights (and I pity the poor vegetable growers) but the inclement weather has also affected our group exhibition: “What do we want?” at the Olivier Cornet Gallery.  Our guest speaker Frances Black couldn’t make it because she was left marooned on Rathlin Island, off the coast of Antrim. But what do you think she did?  She got her sister, the reknowned folk singer Mary Black, to open the show instead!  Of course we were concerned for Frances but we were very grateful to Mary for ste ..read more
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White man speak with forked tongue
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
1M ago
Wasn’t it the Native Americans who first coined the phrase:  “White man speak with forked tongue” and by dad, they were not wrong then and they’re still not wrong. From the Washington Post on the 29th of March:  “The Biden administration in recent days quietly authorized the transfer of billions of dollars in bombs and fighter jets…”  About 2.5 billion’s worth, I believe.  Let’s see now, the new arms package includes more than 1,800 MK84 2,000lb bombs and 500 MK82 500lb bombs, according to Pentagon and State Department officials familiar with the matter. Those 2,000lb bomb ..read more
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It’s the world we’re living in…
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
2M ago
Did you know how they decide on the date for Easter?  You probably did but I’ll tell you anyway.  It’s the first Sunday after the full moon after the Equinox – and last week was the Equinox.  This week, on the Monday just gone, the moon was full so… ipso facto – Easter Sunday is next Sunday. Oh, if only everything was so simple. Here’s a quote for you from Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations:  “Peace is needed today more than ever.  War and conflict are unleashing devastation, poverty and hunger, and driving tens of millions of people from th ..read more
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Why you shouldn’t jump when you’re carrying stones in your apron
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by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, visual artist
2M ago
Yesterday, the 20th of March was the Spring equinox, when day and night were the same length.  I didn’t manage it this year, but the place to be for the equinox is Loughcrew in Co. Meath. Like Newgrange at the Winter solstice, during the equinox, the back stone in Cairn T at Loughcrew is illuminated by the first rays of the rising sun.  And there are about 30 passage tombs up there in the hills above Oldcastle, some of them decorated with extra special examples of megalithic art. Ahem, I haven’t managed to get there before sunrise yet – but I was there for the sunset last year – a ..read more
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