• Distinguished Lecturers & Cultural Experts to Examine Enduring Attraction of Wild Atlantic Way to Artists for over 200 years
  • Lecture Series Compliments Hunt Museum’s Summer Exhibition “A Wild Atlantic Way”

“Give up Paris… Go to the Aran Islands, live there as if you were one of the people themselves, express a life that has never found expression”

WB Yeats: The Well of the Saints, 1905

13 September 2021: Four very distinguished lecturers will give their insights into the artists, the works and the social history represented in the Hunt Museum’s Summer Exhibition “A Wild Atlantic Way”. Dr Marie Bourke, Róisín Kennedy, Donal Maguire and David McBurnie are all participating in the lecture series taking place on 16th and 23rd of September.

Open to the public, people can join in person or online to learn more about the influences the West Coast of Ireland has had on artists and their art over the past 200 years as it has evolved to be now known as the Wild Atlantic Way.

Open until 3 October, “A Wild Atlantic Way – Irish Life & Landscapes” evokes the essence and soul of Ireland through a series of atmospheric and strikingly evocative paintings by 30 artists.

Featuring works created between 1800’s and 2019 by Irish born artists or artists drawn to Ireland by the beauty of west coast (including Shinnors, Teskey, Yeats, Lover, Hone, Souter and Jellett), this major exhibition accentuates traditional habits and ways of life – remembering people and history through painting.

Thursday 16th: 

Lunchtime: 1-2pm Marie Bourke: The Lure of the West for ArtistsLooking at the enduring appeal of the West of Ireland. 

Evening: 7-8pm Róisín Kennedy: The West of Ireland and Irish Identity: How imagery of the West of Ireland was used to project a distinctive image of the Irish people and their homeland. 

Thursday 23rd: 

Evening: 7-8pm (online only, free) Donal Maguire: Shaping the Wild

Tickets are €10 for a seat in the Gallery of A Wild Atlantic Way and can be booked online or by calling (061) 312 833.


For media information:

Edwina Gore, Gore Communications, 087 6295323 or Aileen Eglington, 087 2505007

For further information:  

Alisson Rocha, The Hunt Museum, Limerick.  Tel 083 823 5296 email: 

About the Lecturers

(Dr) Marie Bourke is a cultural historian, and formerly Keeper-Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland. Author of The Story of Irish Museums 1790-2000 (Cork University Press, 2011,2013) and West of Ireland Paintings at the National Gallery of Ireland (2014), she curated the NGI’s exhibition, Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art (2017-18). On the board of several organisations, currently the National Library of Ireland, she is vice-chair of the RDS Arts Committee and, Irish representative to the European Museum Academy.

Róisín Kennedy is Lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin and former Yeats Curator at the National Gallery of Ireland.  She writes and lectures widely on  modern Irish art.  Her monograph, Art and the Nation State. The Reception of Modern Art in Ireland was recently published by Liverpool University Press. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Sources in Irish Art 2. A Reader which will be published by Cork University Press later this year.

Donal Maguire began his career as an artist having studied painting and art history at the National College of Art and Design before completing his MPhil in art history at Trinity College and moving towards curation. He is currently Curator of the National Gallery of Ireland’s ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, one of the world’s leading centres for the preservation of, and access to, Irish art research collections. His own research interests are in modern and contemporary Irish art; art and ecology; the Irish diaspora; and collection management. He has published and lectured widely at a national and European level and is a contributor to the RIA Art and Architecture of Ireland. He has curated numerous exhibitions including ‘Jack B. Yeats, The Sketchbooks’ (2013); ‘Aftermath, The War Landscapes of William Orpen’ (2017);  ‘Markievicz: Portraits and Propaganda’ (2018); ‘Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art’ (2020); Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory (2021). He has a strong interest in the role of research in art practice and has commissioned new artworks by artists including Sarah Pierce, Garrett Phelan and Amanda Coogan.


About The Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities, dating from the Neolithic Period to the 20th century. Generously donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland, this diverse collection is now housed in Limerick’s 18th Century Palladian style building, formerly The Custom House.

The Hunt Museum’s summer exhibition ‘A Wild Atlantic Way – Irish Life and Landscapes’ gives visitors the chance to travel the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kinsale and experience the essence and soul of Ireland through a series of atmospheric and strikingly evocative paintings by 30 artists. The exhibition examines the enduring attraction of the Wild Atlantic Way to artists for over 200 years and features works by Shinnors, Teskey, Yeats, Lover, Hone, Souter and Jellett


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