Scéalta dar dTalún

Scéalta Dar dTalún at Ballyhaise Agricultural College opening 19 August 2pm to 6pm



Lead artist Jackie O Neill has worked on Scéalta dar dTalún since February 2017 considering the land as an archive and responding to it.   On Saturday 19 August as part of a Heritage Week event this work will be open to the public.  The artist has lead a creative response focusing on Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Teagasc as the site for investigaion and working in partnership with Joe Doherty and Lisa O Neill.   The artists working in visual arts and music are finding new ways to give expression to the narrative contained in the landscape.   The artist gained insights and history from Dr Ciarán Parker, and local historian Michael Swords.   John Kelly and the staff at Ballyhaise Agricultural College were an immense source of knowledge and texts including the Schools Folklore Collection and materials in the Local History Studies Section at Cavan County Council including Bridie Smith Brady's articles from the Anglo Celt were also considered.


Speaking about the work Jackie O Neill says

"Each print in my Scéalta Dàr dTalún exhibition tells a story.  Landscape and imagination come to together to create a series that I call ‘dreamscapes’. I know we can’t be sure what happened here before, but my hope is to create passage ways for the viewer into the curiosities of the river Annalee, the one tree, the others trees, the harvests, the battles, and the creatures and characters that have previously walked this land.   I have compiled texts to accompany each piece of art work from my research.   I received valuable creative support from Ann Smith, Lisa O Neill, Joe Doherty and Noel Monahan".  


The artists had an opportunity to work with children from St Mary's National School, Ballyhaise as part of the community engagment aspect of the project.   The exhibitions by Jackie O Neill and Joe Doherty remains open until Sunday 27 August and a programme of Heritage Week events at Ballyhaise Agricultural House are listed below.

Exhibition Opening Hours
Saturday 19 August 2pm to 6pm
Sunday 20 August 11am to 6pm
Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 August 12pm to 6pm
Sunday 27 August 11am to 6pm

About the Artists


Jackie O Neill also know by her playful name Dotti Was A Deer is a textile artist and illustrator and works from her studio on Bridge St, Cavan.   The artist has produced five collections as Dotti Was A Deer.   She is inspired by the land and the stories it holds.


Joe Doherty is a work worker with a studio in Cavan.    He has collaborated with Jackie O Neill previously on Living Thing.   He is particularly influenced by the writing of Joyce Kilmer and Geoffrey Chaucer.

Lisa O Neill is writing songs and music from an early age in her native Ballyhaise.   She is a frequent contributor on the national music scene where her singular voice, witty lyrics and observations on modern Irish life gained her popularity and set her apart as a unique talent.


19 August Schedule


2.15pm Opening of exhibition with guest speaker Noel Monahan, poet

2.45pm Lisa O Neill performance 

3.30pm Storytelling with Ann Smith at the Marquee

On the lawns during the afternoon

Face painting with Rosie Cole and Natasha O Reilly

Natural Heritage Close up with Heather Bothwell

Bee Keeping Demonstration with Aidan Brady

Wood Turning Demonstration Neil Foulkes

In the House

Harp Recital with Karina Charles

Tour of Ballyhaise House with Michael Swords


Heritage Week Events at Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Teagasc


Wednesday 23 August Farm Tour 2pm

Thrusday 24 August Lectureby  Trevor James, Conservation Architect and Local Historian Michael Swords 4pm to 6pm

Saturday 26 August Tour of Ballyhaise House by Local Historian Michael Swords 7pm to 8pm

Sunday 27 August Tour of Ballyhaise House by Michael Swords 3pm to 4pm 


The Funders


This exhibition is a joint initiative supported by the arts and heritage offices of Cavan County Council.   The guilding principle of Cavan Heritage Office is to ensure that the unique and diverse heritage of County Cavan is conserved, sustained and cherised by the people of County Cavan.  The Heritage Office is funded by the Heritage Council.  The arts office priorities artists and audience develop to access and participate in the arts.    Cavan County Council arts office acknowledges the support of the Arts Council as the long term partner in local arts development.


Creative Ireland support is acnowledged and arts and heritage are an essential part of the Culture Team in Cavan which includes, the Library, The Museum, Ramor Theatre and the Communications Officer.  Creative Ireland is the Government's legacy programme from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  


18 Jul 2017

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