Book Launch



Gerald Dawe Poems from the west of Ireland

Pádraic Reaney Paintings

Poetry and Art in aid of Pink Ribbon Charity

at the

The Kenny Bookshop and Art Gallery, Liosbán, Galway.

On November 3rd at 2pm.

 Crossing the Sound is a collaboration between poet Gerald Dawe and the artist Pádraic Reaney. They met back in the mid 1970s in Galway where Gerald had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was, and eventually settle down and spend the next twenty years before moving to Dublin in 1992.

Here poet and artist comment on the genesis of Crossing the Sound.

Gerald: ‘On a return to Galway as a visiting fellow at The Moore Institute (NUI,G) the early years returned to me along with some new poems. During several conversations with Pádraic we decided to collect a representative sample of the poems I had written out of the west – Galway, but also Mayo – and include alongside these thirty poems, a series of images which Pádraic had been working on from his various and long-established fascination with the smaller islands of the western seaboard, including Inishark. Padraic’s images, images which do not illustrate the poems, but have their own raison d’être culminating in an exhibition of his paintings and graphics.

Poetry and Art in aid of Pink Ribbon

The book, a limited edition of just two hundred copies, features poems written over forty years by distinguished poet Gerald Dawe, alongside the Connemara-based artist, Pádraic Reaney. It celebrates and illuminates the beauty and history of the west of Ireland landscape through a curated selection of work inspired by and connected to the region and introduced by Hugo Hamilton.

Dawe and Reaney met in the mid-1970s in Galway, where Gerald had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was, and eventually settle down and spend the next twenty years before moving to Dublin. ‘This is a project we’ve been talking about for years. We’re delighted to see it finally in place in such as beautiful edition. It’s an apt way of offering a helping hand to the Pink Ribbon Charity in Mayo. Finding ways of overcoming cancer is the big picture; this is just a small step.

The exhibition Inis Airc (Inishark) Painting and Graphics will be on show alongside the book launch in the Kenny Art Gallery, Galway. The exhibition opened on the 12 October and continue to the 3rd of November 2018.



New Exhibition Inis Airc The Inishark Project opening in Kenny’s art gallery Galway on the 12th of October

The Exhibition is dedicated to the late

Dr. Chris Coughlan

A dear and good friend and a very good friend to the arts in Galway.


Inishark No.24

Acrylic on Canvas

35 x 27.5 in

You are cordially invited to the official opening of

Inis Airc,the Inishark Project

Paintings and Graphics by

Pádraic Reaney

at The Kenny Gallery

Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway

on Friday 12 October, at 6.00pm

Guest Speaker Michael Gibbons, Archaeologist

The exhibition continues daily 9.00 to 5.00

Monday to Saturday until the 3rd of November

+353 91 709 350

“Reaney has grown up in a landscape from which not only the people disappeared but the houses in which they once lived are swiftly fading out of sight. He is the visual keeper of this crumbling memory. He keeps alive those forgotten homes like the language that was once spoken inside. He paints the emptiness with an extraordinary force, an extravagance of colour that was once there in the people he grew up with, in each house, in the stories and songs they left after them. His work is both a lament and a roar at forgetting, the shadows we fear in ourselves.”

                                                                                Hugo Hamilton