As they say in Limerick: “Cmereiwantcha”

“Silent Stories”, an upcoming 2 person show at the Belltable in Limerick, will feature art by Miriam McConnon and Eoin Mac Lochlainn.

Scéalta Ealaíne

oil painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn of empty fireplace “Tinteán Tréigthe no. 31”,  50 x 50cm, oil on canvas, 2017

We didn’t have a dresser in our kitchen.  We only had shelves with hooks for the cups. The gas cooker was in a room on its own, called the scullery.

Kitchen units? – we’d never heard of them. But we had a fireplace, with a fire that never went out. Maybe that’s why I started my series of paintings of old fireplaces. They hold so many memories in their dusty hearths.

And in the upcoming 2 person show “Silent Stories” at the Belltable in Limerick, I’ll be showing some new pieces (see one above). I think that they’ll work well alongside Miriam McConnon’s paintings of domestic objects.

Because, whether we sit at a fireplace and poke at the flames or whether we peel the potatoes or dry the dishes or just drink tea from a chipped teacup, we get…

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18 Responses to As they say in Limerick: “Cmereiwantcha”

  1. The hearth is the heart of the house. In front of it, we make love… in it, we heat our tea and cook our food… over it, we dry our clothes… and always, we’re transfixed on the flames; fierce on the onset as they roar, and then timid as they die and succumb to ember.

    Fascinating and potent painting. Silent Stories sounds like a marvelous project. I hope the show does well. Thanks for sharing, Og.

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    • oglach says:

      Thank you for reading and for your beautiful and poetic words, which I’m certain Eoin would be delighted to hear. His work has much in common with fireplaces in that the more you look, the more you see, and I know that someone like you would truly appreciate his art. Many thanks for reading, Rose.

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  2. inesephoto says:

    Heartwarming memories of the old days. Fireplace was my duty to look after.

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  3. Dead Donovan says:

    I love the painting! It looks like a place for me.


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  4. It’s a very impressive painting, I’d love to see it for real and see if its texture rough or not. Did you see it?

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    • oglach says:

      I’ve not seen that one, but he has several in a series of fireplaces. They’re all beautiful and very much invoke the feeling of standing in an abandoned home, looking at the fireplace and thinking of the people who were there before you. I think you would enjoy Eoin’s site, he a very versatile artist and talented writer as well.

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  5. Sometimes silence is louder than words…and we all know what they say about pictures!

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  6. This picture and another one in the original post, the threads…are so evocative. Indeed, they hold a hundred story in them…

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