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Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland - Oil Painting by Avril Brand

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Oils on canvas 50 × 70 cm

The Castle of Doonbeg, (village of Doonbeg, County Clare, Ireland) was probably built about 1500. It has a fascinated history of fighting, intrique and murder.

Beside Doonbeg Castle crossing the river is a long bridge of six arches, between the two eastern of which, in a recess, dwelt a poor woman named Mary Belfast.

She used to boast that she could catch fish from her hall door, or drive a carriage over her roof.

The old people called her Mary Belfast because of her Northern accent. When the bridge was being constructed a tool house was built and this became Mary’s abode for many years.

She had a bed, table and chairs and a hole in the wall where the smoke escaped. Well known to all the locals, she had a sharp tongue and maybe it was unfortunate that she wasn’t always easilty understood.

The castle was much frequented by the travelling people until a portion of it fell in 1939. The last occupant was Michael Scanlon, a travelling teacher.

Comments

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    Beautiful painting, hope you are well

  • Harry Gray
    Harry Grayover 3 years ago
    nice love the refection in the water …and all that detail beautiful!!!!
  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 3 years ago

    Beautiful. Nice job..

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoover 3 years ago

    WOW!!! This is fabulous.What a wonderful oil painting of Ireland.

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 3 years ago

    superb work

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 3 years ago

    This is so beautiful, Avril. Lovely work. And what an interesting history. Great to see you. x

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 3 years ago

    So gorgeous … a must – see on full size!!! You are so talented!!!!! Loved reading the history of the place!!

  • GEORGE SANDERSON
    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    Congratulations! This work has been featured in the Realist Paintings About Water group -28th August 2011

  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandabout 3 years ago

    Thank you dear friends, for all your wonderful comments.

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