Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wexford Farmers Market

I finally had a chance to check out an Irish farmers market yesterday in the nearby town of Enniscorthy. Overall, it was fairly similar to the farmers markets back home. Here are some photos:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bike Ride to Rathnure

We went on a bike ride today to the village of Rathnure.
First stop: the post office

View from the post office:

Second stop: Roseacre Soaps
(soaps made from goats milk)

The friendly goats:

The soap:
(available for purchase online)

Along the way, we passed a garden and nasturtium flowers:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Art on the Farm 2011 :: Session 2 :: Co. Kerry

We spent last Wednesday through Friday traveling in County Kerry. Here are some photos and videos from our time out West...

We stopped at a beach along Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula:

Farm land near the beach:

Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian church:

We stayed the night in Ballydavid, in an old Coast Guard lodge that has been converted into a hostel.

Tigh TP Pub:

Family performance at the pub:

A short hike from the hostel:

Muckross Abbey in Killarney National Park:

We took a boat ride out to Skellig Michael and climbed about 600 precipitous steps to a monastery that possibly dates back to the 6th century.

The monastery at the top of the island. These three mounds most likely served a residential purpose:

According to the visitor's guide, the Skellig Islands "are two of Ireland's most important sites for breeding seabirds and are remarkable both for the size of their colonies and diversity of species... Puffins can be seen on the island until early August every year."

We passed Skellig Beag (Little Skellig) on the way to Skellig Michael. This island is home to the second largest population of breeding gannets.

Art on the Farm 2011 :: Session 2 :: Critique 1

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Art on the Farm 2011 :: Session 2 :: Dublin

A few highlights from our trip to Dublin with the second session of students......

We met with IMMA resident artist Mark Hamilton in his studio and in the Process Room to see his project 'Snare Drum at Blue Monday:'

We went to the Royal Hibernian Academy and saw the 181st RHA Annual Exhibition:

And we checked out the Gallery of Photography's current exhibition The Long View, which features work by Irish artists David Farrell, Anthony Haughey, Richard Mosse, Jackie Nickerson, Paul Seawright and Donovan Wylie.