Kinvara - as seen by Declan O’Rourke's grandfather

The paintings of Michael Killeen in The Courthouse Gallery

A detail from Hookers Leaving by Michael Killeen.

A detail from Hookers Leaving by Michael Killeen.

AN EXHIBITION of paintings, depicting life in Kinvara and south Galway in the 1930s, by Michael Killeen, the grandfather of the acclaimed singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke, opens tomorrow [Friday August 2].

A Distant Place - An Exhibition of the Works of Michael Killeen officially opens in The Courthouse Gallery, Kinvara, tomorrow at 6pm. It is organised by Kinvara Area Visual Arts.

Michael Killeen Exhibition

At around 20 years of age in the late 1930s, Michael Killeen [pictured above, holoding onto a bicycle, with friends in Kinvara c1935] left Kinvara, and it is understood that he had a "tortured relationship with the town of his early years". Despite this, the Kinvara region continually inspired his art, and until his death in 1980, he created works depicting Galway hookers on the water, climín racing, and Dunguaire Castle prior to restoration. This exhibition brings artist and paintings home for the first time since their departure 82 years ago.

The exhibition runs until Saturday August 17. Gallery opening hours are 11am to 6pm daily. See


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