For all visual Arts lovers the Cleggan | Claddaghduff Festival of the Sea has put together a wonderful Group Exhibiti

on to present the work of five much loved local artists in exhibition space at the Inishbofin Ferry Office in Cleggan. 


The artists exhibiting are Margaret Irwin West, Bernadette Dignam, Cathal O Malley, Caroline Canning and Alannah Robins. Works on display are in a diverse range of media, including painting in acrylic and oils, printmaking, textiles, mixed media and collage.


Particular thanks to Pat Concannonu and the Inishbofin Ferry Office for generously allowing the use of their lovely, newly-refurbished stone building to host this Festival of the Sea exhibition.


Works are for sale – please contact the artists directly if you are interested in making a purchase – contact details are available at the exhibition.


The exhibition runs from Saturday 4 August until Sunday 12 August and can be viewed during the normal office opening hours: Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 4pm

Saturday: 9.30am – 11.30am, 12.30pm – 2pm

Sunday: 10am – 11.30am, 12.30pm – 2pm 


The Exhibition is also open prior to the departure of the evening ferry. 

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 5.30pm – 6.45pm 

Tuesday and Friday: 5.30pm – 7.30pm


A bit about the artists:


Margaret Irwin West is a printmaker and painter, who has been living and working in Connemara since 1991. Her work is held in both public and private collections and she has exhibited extensivley in Ireland and abroad. Margaret continues to live and work on the Aughrus Peninsula where she has a professional etching studio. Her work reflects the rich Connemara land and seascape. (


Bernie Dignam currently lives in North West Connemara where she showcases her work and delivers creative workshops from her studio/gallery.  Her response to the landscape, bogscape and seascape of Connemara inform some of her work. She works using various ancient textile techniques: - felting, weaving and batik. (


Cathal O’Malley is a self-taught painter from Connemara and his love for its rugged beauty can be seen in his work. Painting in both oils and acrylics, his work depicts the beauty of nature and light. He has a special affinity with the sea, and his atmospheric seascapes capture the interaction of the sea and the sky. (


Caroline Canning is a full-time, mainly landscape painter who works in Dublin and Connemara. She is a passionate sea swimmer and her playful little pictures of swimming figures reflect this, through painting and collage. (


Alannah Robins works in Ireland and Sweden, She is the founder and director of ‘Interface’ artist-in-residence programme in Connemara. Located in an old salmon hatchery in the Inagh Valley, Interface offers opportunities for international artists to explore intersections between scientific research and art in an area of outstanding natural beauty.  (


Mo West:

Fine Art Printmaker Margaret Irwin at work in her studio at Claddaghduff, Connemara. 


Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Caroline Canning often speaks of the ‘connection between eye and hand’ which triggers off her paintings. It is this sense of connection that we feel in her works, notmerely that initial connection between Caroline and her subject but, more importantly, the connection between artist and viewer. The enthusiasm she imbues into her paintings is mightily infectious. For a work of art to be successful its creator must be in it and of it.  Caroline’s larger-than-life personality and head-on approach to life are all over her work.  From her boldly colourful still-lifes, mostly executed amidst the “domestic jumble” which is her studio/kitchen, to the incredibly atmospheric landscapes which summon up the elemental forces of nature, you will be bowled over by her tremendous joie de vivre”

Cathal O Malley 

Cathal O Malley, working in his studio in Claddaghduff, draws inspiration from the Connemara landscape he has been surrounded by all his life,he sells  his work worldwide to an audience who passionately love the changing light of the irish landscape,,he is featured in the summer edition of  ANTHOLOGY magazine 2018

Bernadette Dignam

In her studio, Bernadette Dignam creates highly original works with unusual means, such as wool and silk, alternating between raw or shiny fibers to reproduce the rugged landscape of Connemara. The combination of these natural materials that in turn absorb and reflect light produces an infinite variety of colors and shades, returning the extreme mutability of landscape elements

Alannah Robins 

Alannah Robins pictured in April 18 at the Opening night of her “Sehnsucht” exhibition at the Galleria Lapinlahti in Helsinki, Finland.


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