Killorglin is a small market town in the far west of Ireland, in County Kerry. There, in a modern council office building, is an astonishing collection of over 240 watercolour paintings and ink drawings. Created over a lifetime, these vivid, dream-like works feature local landscapes, fauna and flora, and larger-than-life women and men inhabiting – indeed, sometimes blending in entirely with – the natural environment. The painter, Pauline Bewick, a local celebrity known throughout Ireland and beyond, donated this collection to the county council in 2007.

It was a recognition of how much this ...


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