Diarmuid Ó Ceallacháin Art Exhibition

Diarmuid O Ceallacháin Exhibition

Sept 20 - 23
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Opens Saturday 20th Sept | 7.00pm
Venue: The Corner Gallery (formerly Murphy's Pub) Main Street, Drimoleague
FREE - All Welcome

An exhibition of the work of renowned painter Diarmuid O´Ceallachain (1915-1993) will be held on Main Street during the festival. Diarmuid O’Ceallacháin, who is regarded by many as Cork's finest 20th century painter, was a full-time teacher of painting at the Crawford Art School from 1940 to 1970 . He was born in Glounaclohy, Drimoleague, where his mother came from, and grew up in Cork City.


He studied at the Metropolitan School of Art where he was taught by Seán Keating and Maurice MacGonigal. He won a number of awards including The Taylor Scholarship (1938) and The Taylor Prize (1939) and a Diploma and medal from the Académie Française for drawings exhibited in Paris in 1958. His work is in many private and public collections including a number of works in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

He exhibited often at the Royal Hibernian Academy between 1938 and 1961 and an exhibition of his work was held at the Dublin Painter’s Gallery in 1948. He also exhibited regularly at the Munster Fine Art Exhibition. He loved to travel and painted in many countries, including the USA and the Middle East, but is best known for his paintings of the Irish landscape and scenes of Cork City life.

In 1977, Eoghan Harris produced a programme for RTÉ about his work in which he was interviewed in Irish by Patrick Gallagher.

A major retrospective exhibition of paintings took place in 1991 at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, where five of his paintings are in the permanent collection. 

The exhibition runs until the 4th October.

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