Illustrating the Past Book

My NRA archaeological illustration work, alongside the work of a few other archaeological reconstruction artists, are being published together in a new book by the TII (the new NRA) which will be launched next Thursday, the 27th of August in Dublin (ill be there!). The information on the launch was released by the TII as follows:

“The annual Dublin seminar, which this year will have papers on “The Archaeology of Roads and Light Rail” and will provide an opportunity to hear about some of the remarkable archaeological and historical discoveries from the Luas Lines and the current Cross City project. This will commence at 15.45 in the Wood Quay Venue on Thursday 27th August. The afternoon papers will be followed at 18.00 that evening by an address by the renowned archaeologist Julian Richards, who many will know from his work at Stonehenge and his television series “Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited” and “Meet the Ancestors” on the occasion of the launch of the first TII Heritage book “Illustrating the Past: archaeological discoveries from Irish road schemes”.””

Hopefully see some of ye there!

Drawing Heirlooms Workshop

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I have an upcoming workshop in New Ross Library in Co. Wexford on the 23rd of June. Having a connection with an object you are drawing gives a drawing much more meaning and depth. With this workshop you will have just that, as you bring in your own Heirloom, or an old object, you will learn how to draw it and at the same time see it and connect with it in new ways. If you’re in the area hopefully ill see you there, more about how to book and the event itself in the library’s event page:

Woodstown Book Launch


I did the illustration of the Woodstown Viking warrior for this book by the NRA and Four Courts Press.

The launch of the book is on Tuesday 4 November 2014 at 7.00 p.m. sharp in the Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, Waterford

Opening Lecture delivered by Dr Gareth Williams of the British Museum, entitled- ‘The Vikings and their World’. Light refreshments sponsored by the Byrne family afterwards

About the book

Still life Sketching Workshop


Ill be teaching a workshop on sketching old iron objects and rocks in graphite from life at the Black and White festival at the Brandon House Hotel in New Ross, Wexford. This workshop on Still Life sketching with an archaeological twist is for beginners and is on this Saturday the 27th from 3 pm-4:30 pm with a €5 entry fee, art supplies will be supplied at the event. The workshop is part of the larger Black and White festival going on New Ross this weekend. More here in this Facebook event:

The location of the event can be found here on the hotels sight:

All welcome, hopefully ill see some of ye there!

‘Stories of Irelands Past’ Seminar Art Display

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On Thursday the 28th of August, at the yearly NRA(National Road Authority) Seminar, I will be showcasing the work I have done for them and be there to discuss my artwork and answer any questions attendees may have about my process and archaeological illustration, from 4 pm to 5 pm. The Seminar will take place in the City Wall Space, Wood Quay Venue, at the Dublin Civic Offices.

The Seminar is the 20th of Anniversary of the founding of the NRA and so suitably it will reflect on various aspects of Archaeology in Ireland and the discoveries in recent years through the NRA’s road building schemes and the resulting archaeological boom around it. The day features a series of promising talks delivered by some of the leading academics in their various fields. Im certainly looking forward to attending and Im blown away by their list of speakers, many of whom I have read their brilliant books and articles when creating illustrations.

Hopefully I will get a chance to see some of ye there too. For more on the Seminar and the timetable for the event take a look at this link:

Sceitse in Imagine FX!!!!


Sceitse, a group I have been organising for the last 2 years and a bit has just been featured in a double page spread article in Imagine FX magazine!!!! The magazine is a global art and illustration magazine. Its been one of my greatest achievements keeping this thing going, has been continuously rewarding and surprising what we have seen and what we have accomplished and I have made some great friends because of it and spent many an hour laughing or being inspired. Here’s to hoping the group keeps going for another 2 years!

You can see a higher rez version of the article and the editors letter in this blog post:

Black Night Launch


Islander Art and Drink and Draw Cork have teamed up to launch the Islanders 2nd anthology book; BLACK NIGHT on Saturday 4 pm, May 17th, at, Franciscan Well on the North Mall in Cork City.

The art book contains illustrative artwork and stories from a large portion of Islander Art collective members including myself, JG O’Donoghue, as well as Eleanor Reilly, Kevin Gough, Mike Nolan, Marian Noone, Alan Corbett, Wayne O’Connor, Sara Otterstatter and Raul Fernandez.

Drink and Draw which usually is on biweekly alternatively on Tues & Thurs in the Franciscan well, will be having a one off special Saturday session at the book launch. So bring the art supply of your choice and get drawing, painting, doodling, crafting, whatever you have in mind!. Everybody is welcome, no matter the level!

If you ever missed Drink and Draw on a weekday, this is your chance to visit as the Islanders combine with the drink & drawers to make a DRINK and DRAW ISLAND for one day only!

The FB Event is here:

Exhibition in Cork News


My Exhibition was mentioned in the Cork news on Friday!

Exhibition Change of Dates


Due to a strike in UCC next week, there has been a change of date for the opening night of my exhibition (details in poster & below), so I am now reposting this as I dont want anyone to show up at the wrong day. The new opening date is 5 pm Wednesday the 5th of March, sorry for any inconvenience or confusion caused.

FB Event for Opening night here:
Opening Night- 5pm Wednesday 5th of March
Dates of Exhibit- 12th February to 30th of April
Venue- Seomra Caidrimh, O’Rahilly Building, UCC
Normal Opening Hours- – 10:30 – 12:00, 15:30 – 16:30, 20:15- 21:00.
FB Event for the Exhibition itself:

‘Mothú Áite/A Sense of Place’ is a solo exhibition by emerging Cork illustrator JG O’Donoghue. The exhibition will be opened by a talk given by Dr. Kevin Murray of the department of Sean- Agus Meán-Ghaeilge/Early and Medieval Irish. While the exhibition itself explores the Irish landscape through the perspectives of language and archaeology with pieces of art and illustration on placename’s, fairytale’s, archaeology and the Irish language itself.
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Le Cheile Radio Interview

I will be on Cork FM’s ‘Le Cheile’ radio show this Saturday at 11 am to talk about my current exhibition and its opening night which happens next Wednesday, the 26th of February, at 5 pm (Facebook Event here:

Le Cheile is a bilingual show that is both in Irish and English, hopefully those of ye in Cork will tune in this Saturday!

More information about Le Cheile can be found here: