Radio tribute to Pauline Halton Wed 31 st March


Wednesday 31 March 8pm 

Shannonside FM & Northern Sound FM. The Wind that Blows Traditional music Show . This weeks show includes a musical Tribute to Pauline Halton artist & friend RIP.

Hosted by Martin Donohoe, broadcasting from Cavan .

Production by James Clarke.

8 pm tune in on all media platforms


Pauline Halton, A Celebration of Life

26 August 1963 to 24 March 2021


“Ever since, I was three all that was in my head was I wanted to be an artist.”


Pauline Halton was an artist who lived in Rose Cottage, Kilnaleck, Co Cavan where she painted every stone, hedgerow, gate, house and night sky.   She painted the world as she saw it and as she wanted it to be.   She had an intense understanding of nature and the value and beauty of everything.   She painted tiny lady birds with the same love and affection that she lavished on John Brady’s Cottage, Kiltyclogher Church, the quay at Ballyvaughan, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, hens, sheep and cats.


She loved to travel, explore new places and meet people.   She had a wide and varied interest in music and was a regular at the Monaghan Blues Festival and travelled to New Orleans, the home of the blues.   She enjoyed Dublin and lived there before returning to Cavan.  She was a regular visitor and exhibitor at Grogan’s Bar where her friend the late Tommy Smith was an early collector of her work. Pauline Halton had her first solo show in the Courthouse Cavan in 1989, she went on to exhibit at Cavan County Museum, the Jo Rain Gallery, The Mansion House, The American Embassy, Dublin, January Clan, France and countless other galleries.  Her work is in collections all over the world.


She contributed a poem and painting to the Christmas edition of the Anglo Celt annually and she worked with her friend the late Philip Lawlor, Blánaid Boyle and others on the Drumlin Magazine, a literary magazine first edited by Dermot Healy.   She had a love of stained glass, lace making, animals and people.   Her warm and infectious laugh drew many people to Pauline and she had friends all over the world who cherished her.


“I paint all the beauty that surrounds me. I feel all my work as a collection would be the history of this road and the Crover road.   My inspiration in life is from around here.   I have painted all the ranges, windows, stairs going up, hens and exotic birds.   I got my inspiration right here.  It was like a dream place.”  


In the words of Cliodhna Shaffrey, director of the Temple Bar Gallery, “Pauline Halton is the Patrick Kavanagh of Kilnaleck, she is queen of every blooming thing.”


For those of us who knew Pauline Halton as a person and an artist it was a privilege and a joy to have shared part of her journey.





31 Mar 2021


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