Art Gallery

This page contains original art by the author (Barney McLaughlin).  Depicted here is my Early Christian Ireland series with an occasional painting depicting neolithic or modern Ireland.  The paintings are arranged by the County of Ireland that they depict.

Paintings, except for those marked SOLD, are available for purchase.  for more information contact the artist at barneyrew33@gmail.com.

County Antrim

Broughanlea cross, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, original art

Broughanlea Cross, County Antrim, Northern Ireland 

Little is known of the origins of this cross.  It contains carvings of two croziers, one a traditional crook the other a tau crozier.  The cross head is all that remains and it stands by the side of the road.  For additional information see County Antrim Crosses.  

Painted in August of 2016.


County Armagh

Eglish cross and ruin, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, original art

Eglish, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

At Eglish there are two partial crosses and a cross head.  The ruins of a stone church are in the background with the East cross in the left foreground. 

For additional information see County Armagh.  

Painted in August of 2016.


County Carlow

Saint Mullins, church, County Carlow, Ireland, original art

Saint Mullins, County Carlow, Ireland.

The ruins of one of the churches at the St. Mullins monastery.  A small cross stands at the back of one of the churches there.

Painted July 2016




County Clare

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, original artCliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, original art








Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher soar above theAtlantic Ocean up to 702 feet high.  The cliffs stretch for five miles along the Clare coast.  They are an inspiring sight and one of the most popular tourist sights on the western coast of Ireland.  In the first painting we are looking to the north, in the second we are looking south from the visitor center.

both painted August 2016

Bunratty Castle, Folk Park, County Clare, Ireland, cottage, original artBunratty Castle, Folk Park, County Clare, Ireland, cottage, original art







Castle Folk Park, County Clare, Ireland

Bunratty Castle dates to the 15th century.  It is tower house.  This thatched roof cottage is one of several other buildings that form part of the Bunratty Village.

Both painted in August 2016

original art, Ballyvaughn, County Clare, Ireland, original art


Barrel of flowers, County Clare, Ireland

This painting is of a barrel of flowers seen at Ballyvaughn in County Clare, Ireland.

Painted in August 2016


Dysert O'Dea church and round tower, County Clare, Ireland, original art, pastel chalk

Dysert O’Dea church and Round Tower, County Clare, Ireland

On a rise above the site of the ruined church and round tower stands an excellent example of a 12th century High Cross.  The church and tower are nestled in a grove of trees.  For additional information see County Clare Crosses.

Painted August 2016

Dysert O'Dea, Co. Clare, Ireland, Round Tower



Dysert O’Dea Round Tower, County Clare, Ireland

Painted 2017



Saint Brigid's church, Inis Cealtra, County Clare, Ireland.  Original art, pastel chalk





Saint Brigid’s church, Inis Cealtra, County Clare Ireland.

The monastery of Inis Cealtra is located on an island in Loch Derg.  There are ruins of numerous buildings on the island, mostly related to the history of the monastery.  In the background to the left can be seen the round tower and another of the churches of the island.  For additional information see County Clare Crosses.

Scattery Island monastery, County Clare, Ireland, original art, pastel chalk



Scattery Island, Co. Clare, Ireland

On Scattery Island in the Shannon Estuary are the ruins of a monastery that includes an Irish round tower.  Also featured are the remains of the village that once occupied the island, a lighthouse and an old artillery battery used during the Napoleonic Wars.  For additional information see County Clare Crosses.

Scattery Island, Co. Clare, Ireland, Deserted Village, original art




Scattery Island, County Clare, Ireland.  Deserted Village.

painted 2017

Polnabrone Dolmen, Co. Clare, Ireland, original art





Polnabrone Dolmen, County Clare, Ireland.  Located in the Burren.

Painted 2017




Dysert O'Dea Cross, County Clare, Ireland, original art

Dysert O’Dea Cross, County Clare, Ireland

Painted 20178




County Derry

Camus, County Derry, Northern Ireland, original art

 Camus, County Derry, Northern Ireland

The shaft of a cross stands in a graveyard along the River Bann.

For additional information see County Derry Crosses.

Painted in August 2016



County Donegal

Clontallagh or Mevagh Cross, County Donegal, Ireland.  Original art, pastel chalk


Clontallagh or Mevagh Cross, County Donegal, Ireland.

This plain cross stands in a graveyard beside the ruins of a small church on one of the northern reaching peninsulas of County Donegal.

For additional information see County Donegal Crosses.

Painted July of 2016.  



Glencolumcille, Co. Donegal, Ireland, church and stop on pilgrimage path, pastel chalk




Glencolumcille, County Donegal, Ireland

A cross carved slab marks one stop on the Columcille Pilgrim trail (turas)

Painted September 2016 



Moyne Abbey, Co. Donegal, Ireland, original art





Moyne Abbey, County Donegal

Painted 2017




Glencolumcille, County Donegal, Ireland, cross slab on Columcille pilgrim trail or turas, original art




Glencolumcille, County Donegal, Ireland

A cross carved slab marks one stop on the Columcille Pilgrim trail (turas)

Painted September 2016 



Clonca cross, County Donegal, Ireland






Clonca Cross, County Donegal

Painted 2017






Grianan of Aileach, Co. Donegal, Ireland



Grianan of Aileach, Co. Donegal

Hill Fort at base of Inishowen peninsula.

Painted 2017




County Down

Kilbroney, cross, County Down, Northern Ireland, original art

Kilbroney, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

The Kilbroney graveyard is located just north of Rostrevor.  The High Cross is made of mourne granite and probably dates to the 9th or 10th century.  For additional information see County Down Crosses. 

Painted August 2016



County Dublin

Egan's Garden, Co. Dublin, Ireland, original art


Egan’s Garden, Co. Dublin

Painted 2017




County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Devenish Island, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, Round Tower

Devenish Island, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

One of two round towers on the island.

Painted October 2016



County Galway

The Quiet Man Bridge, County Galway, Ireland

The Quiet Man Bridge, County Galway, Ireland

A feature from the Quiet Man film starring John Wayne Maureen O'Hara

Painted October 2016



County Kerry

County Kerry, Ireland, landscape, original art, pastel chalk


A Kerry landscape, County Kerry, Ireland

Painted in August 2016





Stage Fort, County Kerry, Ireland

Staigue Fort, County Kerry, Ireland

This partly ruined ring fort dates to 200-400 AD/CE.  It was an Iron Age stronghold.

Painted September 2016


Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry, Ireland, monastery, original art

Skellig Michael, County Kerry, Ireland

A monastery sits near the top of this rocky outcrop 7 miles off the west coast of Ireland.

Painted September 2016


Reenconnell, Co. Kerry, Ireland, Field Cross, original art


Reenconnell, County Kerry, Ireland

A simple cross in a field where a small monastery once stood.  A very peaceful place.  For additional information see County Kerry Crosses.

Painted September 2016

Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry, Ireland, original art



Skellig Michael, County Kerry, Ireland

Painted 2017


Kilorglin, County Kerry, Ireland, street scene, original art



Kilorglin, Co. Kerry

Street ScenePainted 2017



Cahergal Fort, County Kerry, Ireland, original art



Cahergal Fort, Co. Kerry

Painted 2017




Fenit Lighthouse, County Kerry, Ireland


Fenit Lighthouse, Co. Kerry

Painted 2017

SOLD



County Kildare

The following six paintings all depict features at the Castledermot Monastic site in County Kildare.  For additional information see County Kildare Crosses.

Castledermot, Co. Kildare, Ireland North Cross, west face, original art

Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland

This is one of two High Crosses at Castledermot.  It is the North Cross, West Face.

Painted September 2016

Castledermot, Co. Kildare, Ireland, North cross, east face, original art

Castledermot, Co. Kildare, Ireland, Round Tower, original art




Castledermot, Co. Kildare, Ireland, South Cross, east face, original artCastledermot, County Kildare, Ireland

North Cross, East Face

Painted September 2016





Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland

Round Tower

Painted in September 2016

Castledermot, Co. Kildare, Ireland, South Cross, west face, original art

Castledermot, Co. Kildare, Ireland, Romanesque doorway, original art






Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland

The second of the High Crosses at Castledermot, the South Cross, East Face

Painted September 2016

The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland, original art, watercolorThe Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland, original art






Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland

South Cross, West Face

Painted September 2016



Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland

A Romanesque entryway into the medieval cathedral.

Painted September 2016



The Curragh, Co. Kildare Ireland

Painted September 2016




A broad plain lies north of the city of Kildare.  It is known as the Curragh.  One of the features of this plain are several barrows or ancient burial places.  Here we look toward one of these barrows and see the cathedral and round tower of Kildare city in the background.

The painting to the left is a watercolor, that to the right is a pastel chalk painting.

Old Kilcullen round tower and crosses, County Kildare, Ireland, original art


Old Kilcullen, County Kildare, Ireland

A Round Tower and the shafts of two High Crosses can be found here.  For additional information see Kildare Crosses.

Painted in September 2016

Castledieran, Co. Kildare, High Cross, original art


Castlekieran, County Kildare, High Cross

Painted 2017




Oisin River Boat, Robertstown, County Kildare, Ireland

Oisin River Boat

Robertstown, Co. Kildare

Painted 2017



County Kilkenny

The Red Door, County Kilkenny, Ireland


The Red Door, Co. Kilkenny near Kilkenny Town.

Painted 2017






County Limerick

Loch Gur, County Limerick, Ireland, original art


Loch Gur, County Limerick, Ireland

Folklore and archaeology trace human activity here to the Stone Age (6000 years ago).  This is a neolithic site.

Painted September 2016





County Louth

The following five paintings are of scenes at Monasterboice in County Louth, Ireland.  For addistional information see the Louth Crosses page.

Tall Cross, Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland, original art, pastel chalk

Tall Cross, Monasterboice

County Louth, Ireland

Painted November 2016

Muiredach's Cross, Monasterboice, Co. Louth, Ireland, original art






Muiredach's Cross, Monasterboice

County Louth, Ireland

Painted November, 2017





Monasterboice, North Cross, Co. Louth, Ireland, original art

North Cross, Monasterboice

County Louth, Ireland

Painted November 2016







County Mayo

Croag Patrick, County Mayo, Ireland, original art

Croag Patrick Mt., Co. Mayo

Painted November 2016





County Meath

Knowth, County Meath, Ireland, small passage grave, original art

Knowth, County Meath, Ireland

A small passage graveThe neolithic site at Knowth contains one large passage grave with an entrance on each side and a number of satellite passage graves.  This is one of those small passage graves. 

Painted in August 2016


County Offaly

The following paintings are of scenes at Clonmacnois.  For more information see the feature on Offaly Crosses A.

Kieran's chapel, Clonmacnois, County Offaly, Ireland.  Original art, pastel chalk

St. Kieran’s Church,

Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly

Painted in July 2016. 

SOLD

Cross of the Scriptures, Clonmacnois Co. Offaly, Ireland, original art, pastel chalk




South Cross, Clonmacnois, County Offaly, Ireland, East Face

This is one of the classic high crosses of Ireland.

Painted November 2016





Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland, South cross, west face, original art

South Cross, Clonmacnois, County Offaly, Ireland, West Face

This is one of the classic high crosses of Ireland.

Painted November 2016





Cross of the Scriptures, Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland, original art, pastel chalk




Cross of the Scriptures, Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland, East Face

This cross is the very definition of a scripture cross, one with scenes from the bible carved on it.

Painted November 2016





Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland, Cross of the Scriptures, west face


Cross of the Scriptures, Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland, West Face

This cross is the very definition of a scripture cross, one with scenes from the bible carved on it.

Painted November 2016





Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland, the Nun's Church, original art


The Nun’s Church, Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland

Not far from the main monastery, the Nun’s church has lovely Romanesque arches.

Painted November 2016


Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland, the Nun's Church, original art



The Nun’s Church, Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland

The Chancel Arch

Not far from the main monastery, the Nun’s church has lovely Romanesque arches.

Painted November 2016

Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland, Round Tower, original art



The Round Tower, Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland

Along with the High Crosses, the round tower is one of the most significant monuments at Clonmacnois.

Painted December 2016

Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland, St. Finian's or McCarthy's church, original art






St. Finian’s or McCarthy’s church, Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly, Ireland

This is one of the churches located at Clonmacnois.  It has the second round tower

Painted December 2016 






County Offaly

Durrow Cross, County Offaly, Ireland, colored pencil on Westropp line drawing


Durrow Cross, County Offaly, Ireland

There has been a theory, never proven, that the crosses would have been painted.  However, no paint has ever been found on any of the crosses.  

In these colored pencil paintings, using Westropp’s line drawings as a coloring book,  I have tried to suggest what the painted crosses may have looked like.  As much as possible I used colors that were used in the Book of Durrow.  In each coloring I have tried different sets of colors.  For additional information on the cross see Offaly Crosses.

Colored in July 2016




County Roscommon

Chapel ruins, Roscommon Town, County Roscommon, Ireland, original art


Chapel ruins in Roscommon Town

Painted 2017



County Sligo

Carromore Neolithic Cemetery, Co. Sligo, Ireland, original art


Carromore Neolithic Cemetery, County Sligo, Ireland

Numerous Dolmen or burial sites can be found in this isolated location west of Sligo City.

Painted September 2016


County Tipperary

Ardane large cross-head, County Tipperary, Ireland, original art

Ardane, Co. Tipperary

Also known as St. Berrihert’s Kyle, the ecclesiastical site at Ardane is located in the Glen of Aherlow.  There are 72 cross slabs, two wheel shaped cross heads and other antiquities.  For additional information see Tipperary Crosses.

Painted, August 2016

Mona Incha monastery, County Tipperary, Ireland, original art, pastel chalk,



Mona Incha, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

The site of the Mona Incha Abbey is what was an island in the midst of a bog.  The bog has long since been drained.  In addition to the remains of a Romanesque church with later Gothic features there is a High Cross.  For additional information see Tipperary Crosses.

Painted in August 2016

Toureen Peakaum church and cross fragments, County Tipperary, Ireland, original art

Painted August 2016






County Tyrone

Errigal Keerogue, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

The site is also known as Errigal Kieran and it is said to have been founded or dedicated to St. Kieran of Clonmacnois.  For additional information see Tyrone Crosses.

Painted September 2016

Arboe, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, Ruined Church, original art


Church at Arboe, Co. Tyrone.  There is a significant scripture cross at this site.

Painted 2017

Gorton, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, Forest Path, original art




A forest scene near Gortin in County Tyrone.

Paionted 2017



Tynan Abbey, disused gates, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, original art


Tynan Abbey, dsused Abbey gates, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Painted 2017





Tynan Abbey Well Cross, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, original art

Tynan Abbey Well Cross, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Painted 2017

 



County Wexford

Heritage Park, Co. Wexford, Crannog, original art


Crannog, Heritage Park, County Wicklow

Painted in 2017

Heritage Park, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, Viking Ship, original art





Viking Ship, Heritage Park, County Wicklow

Painted 2017

Heritage Park, Co. Wicklow, Rath or Hill fort, original art




Rath or Hill Fort, Heritage Park, County Wicklow

Painted 2017



County Wicklow

Avoca Rose, Avoca, County Wicklow, Ireland, original art


Avoca Rose

Avoca is a lovely village in the valley of the Avoca river.  Avoca is noted as the site of the television series Ballykissangel.

Co. Wicklow, Ireland, Landscape, original art

Painted October 2016


Wicklow Gap, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, original art



Wicklow Gap, County Wicklow, Ireland

Painting above, study below, 2017




Wicklow Gap, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, original art





Landscape in the area of the Wicklow Gap, County Wicklow, Ireland









Old Rectory, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, original art

Landscape in the area of the Wicklow Gap, County Wicklow, Ireland








Old Rectory, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Painted 2017








Ballysize Cross, Co. Wicklow, Ireland


Ballysize Cross, Co. Wicklow

Painted 2017






Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

The valley of Glendalough is home to several monastic sites and numerous churches and crosses.  For additional information see the feature on Glendalough crosses under the tab Wicklow Crosses.

Glendalough, cross, cashel and upper lake, County Wicklow, Ireland, original art


This crude cross is near the upper lake and in front of the round cashel.  For additional information see Wicklow Crosses.

Painted in August 2016


Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, Monastic City Entry Gates, original art






Entry Gates, Monastic City, Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

Painted October 2016

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, St. Mary's Church, cross, original art






St. Mary’s Church, Cross, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

This small cross stands near the St. Mary church and may mark the grave of a child.  For additional information see Wicklow Crosses.

Painted October 2016


Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland,St. Reefert's Church, original art







A window at St. Reefert’s Church, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

St. Reefert’s church is located near the Upper Lake and has numerous crosses in the vicinity.

Painted October 2016



Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, St. Kevin's Church, original art





St. Kevin’s is the only building at Glendalough that still has a roof.  The roof is made of stone.  St. Kevin’s also features a small tower.

Painted October 2016

Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, Round Tower, original art






The Round Tower is one of the iconic features of the Monastic City at Glendalough.

Painted October 2016


Temple na Skellig, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland





Temple na Skellig, Co. Wicklow

at Glendalough, the Upper Lake

painted 2017




Sally Gap roadside heather, Co. Wicklow, Ireland



Sally Gap roadside heather, Co. Wicklow

Painted 2017






Ireland General

Ireland, Wayside Flowers, original art



Wayside Flowers One

Painted September 2016




Wayside Flowers, Ireland, original art, pastel chalk




Wayside Flowers Two

Painted October, 2016

Irish landscape in autumn, Ireland, original art, pastel chalk







Irish Landscape in Autumn

Painted November 2016

Ireland, Landscape 2, original art







Irish Landscape 2

Painted 2017




Wayside Flowers Three, Ireland, original art





Wayside Flowers Three

Painted 2017


Irish Seascape, Ireland, original art







Irish Seascape

Painted 2017

Irish Landscape, Ireland, original art








Irish Landscape

Painted 2017

Irish Seascape 1st, Ireland, original art







Irish Seascape 1st

Painted 2017



Irish Seascape 2nd, Ireland, original art





Irish Seascape 2nd

Painted 2017

Irish Landscape, Ireland, original art





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Irish Landscape

Painted 2017




Irish Landscape, original art





Irish Landscape, Ireland

Paintged 2017




Irish Seascape, original art





Irish Seascape, Ireland

Painted 2017




Irish Landscape, original art





Irish Landscape, Ireland

Painted 2017

 Barney McLaughlin 2012