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Artists and poets visualise the pirate queen

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STEELY GRACE Pirate Queen’, mixed media sculpture by Marie Wood, part of the ‘Capturing Granuaile’ exhibtion running in Westport Town Hall Theatre.

Ciara Moynihan

‘Capturing Granuaile’ is a fascinating exhibition of work by artists and poets who were invited to submit pieces on the theme of Mayo’s pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. Just opened at Westport Town Hall Theatre, it comprises 24 artworks, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, stained glass, textiles and sculptures and eight original poems. The contributors hail from all over Clew Bay and the west of Ireland, as well as Australia and the United States.
Exhibiting artists include Ronan Halpin, who created ‘Sentinel’, the sculpture at the bottom of Peter Street in Westport; Westport-based artist Marie Wood; Achill artist Mary Lavelle-Burke; Westport artist Breda Burns; Westport artist and printmaker Sheelyn Browne, the 14th great grand-daughter of Granuaile; collage artist Claire Siobhan Walshe; and Cathy Hughes, originally from Westport. Contibuting poets include Mary O’Malley, Geraldine Mitchell, Ger Reidy and Susan Kelly.
The exhibition is the inaugural O’Malley Clan Art Exhibition, and it is being held in the run up to the 64th Annual O’Malley Clan Rally at the end of the month. It is being curated by Sarah Kelly, who is an O’Malley through her mother’s side and a former clan chieftain.
“We have a long association with The O’Malley Clan Rally, started in Westport 64 years ago by my grand uncle John J, my grandfather Dr Conor, and a group of enthusiastic O’Malleys,” Sarah told The Mayo News. “The Clan has gathered together every summer for the last 64 years to celebrate all things O’Malley, its people, places and traditions.”
Somewhere, Grace O’Malley is smiling.

Entry is free. The exhibition will be open from 12 noon to 6pm, until June 26. For more, visit www.westporttheatre.com.