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Therefore I resign, good-bye the chequered and the quiet hills
The gaudily-striped Atlantic, the linen-mills
That swallow the shawled file, the black moor where half
A turf-stack stands like a ruined cenotaph;
Good-bye your hens running in and out of the white house
Your absent-minded goats along the road, your black cows
Your greyhounds and your hunters beautifully bred
Your drums and your dolled-up Virgins and your ignorant dead.

Louis MacNeice
Valediction

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The following hand-picked links will take you to resources on Irish painting, printmaking, film, photography and more.
IRISH ART EXHIBITS ON THE INTERNET
Artcyclopedia is an amazing site... they keep track of online art exhibits for over 6000 well-known artists. Here's their list of Irish artists... Paul Henry, Jack Yeats and more.
IRISH CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS
Irish-Art.com is a resource for information on current art and artists in Ireland.
IRISH FINE ART MUSEUMS
The National Gallery of Ireland has a tidy website describing their collections and activities. The emphasis is on the sort of information that would be useful for planning a visit, such as upcoming lectures and exhibits, rather than on the art itself or the artists who created it. Some small images of paintings are included throughout the pages though, which give a good representation of the kinds of work the gallery holds in its collections.
In May 1991 the Royal Hospital Kilmainham became the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The museum takes a dynamic approach to exhibition, and the site lists locations all around the country where pieces from the collection are on view, and also describes the museum's ongoing education and community programmes.
Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art (Dublin)
IRISH ARTS MAGAZINES
Irish Arts Review is a beautifully printed annual journal. Their site includes an index of articles since 1984, info on the contents of recent issues, and subscription details.
Film West, Ireland's film magazine (published quarterly.)
Stunned is an Irish art e-zine devoted to contemporary Irish visual art. Unusual... interesting... peculiar even. Lots of links to other peculiarly interesting sites as well...
SPECIAL IRISH ART COLLECTIONS
The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin is home to one of the world's finest collections of early Islamic manuscripts and Indian and Oriental art. The website has a great aesthetic quality, and describes the museum's collections which include precious scrolls and papyri, including some of the earliest texts of the Bible. It includes an excellent set of related links, and also some background on Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, an American who became the first ever honorary Irish citizen in 1957. His amazing collection was bequeathed in trust to the Irish public, and in 1999 moved to new purpose-built premises in Dublin Castle. A national treasure.
The Hunt Museum in Limerick is home to an eclectic collection of archaeological objects and European decorative and fine arts.
IRISH FILM
The Film Institute of Ireland in Dublin is an umbrella site which includes information on both the Irish Film Centre (including schedules of upcoming films at their Temple Bar cinemas) and the Irish Film Archive.
The Irish Film and Television Network, IFTN, is a comprehensive resource on the Irish audio-visual industry. Directories and information on all aspects of film production, an industry newsletter and lots more.
The Irish Film Board is a government body which provides incentives and support services aimed at encouraging film production in Ireland.
The Irish in Film is an annotated database providing information on a wide range of Irish films and documentaries.
IRISH PHOTOGRAPHY
Exhibits by both international and Irish photographers are sponsored by the Gallery of Photography in Dublin's Temple Bar area. The website includes archives which review past exhibits, and gives details of this non-profit group's facilities and resources.
IRISH SCULPTURE
The Sculptors' Society of Ireland provides news on artists and current exhibitions, reviews and a newsletter.
Tír Sáile, the North Mayo Sculpture Trail.
IRISH PRINTMAKING
Cork Printmakers is an open-access studio for fine art printmakers; their site explains various printmaking techniques, shows samples of recent works, and describes the wide range of support services they offer to artists. Interesting!
Located in Bangor, County Down, Seacourt Print Workshop offers community facilities for artists who wish to make prints in limited editions; it is part of the 'Printmakers Ring' which provides extensive links to other sites about printmaking.

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