"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
by Catherine McGagh
Catherine McGagh has been living in Drogheda, the town which is
the gateway to the Boyne Valley, for the past ten years. She has
been painting for a decade, mainly using oilds on canvass, and is
inspired by the ancient sites and landscape of the Boyne Valley
and wider area.
Hag of Loughcrew. Ancient stories about the 'storied hills' of Sliabh
na Caillighe talk of a hag, or a witch, called the 'Cailleach
Bhéarra' who dropped big piles of stones on the hill which
became the cairns of Loughcrew.
this painting, the eye seems to see a maiden lying prostrate across
some rocks on the shore at Skerries, Co. Dublin, with the full moon
illuminating the scene.
this image, entitled 'Fairy Trees', Catherine McGagh brings to life
some old trees on the Slane
Road out of Drogheda.
'Fairy Trees' near Drogheda. There is a mythical quality to these
image in which the eye of the artist sees human forms in the rocks
near the shore of the sea at Skerries, County Dublin. In this painting,
the eye is drawn towards what looks like an adult figure lying face
down with an infant in their arm.