Exhibitions & Art Trail

Art Trail

& Su Kinnon, Ali Tech, Kate Beirne, St. Patrick St

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Schools project with artist Sarah Lundy and pupils from St Joseph’s Boys School and Scoil na nAingeal Naofa at Natural Options

The 3rd class pupils of Scoil na Aingeal Naofa and St Joseph’s Boys National School worked with Sarah Lundy, a visual and sound artist based in Co Leitrim. Together they learnt about the local flora and fauna and had great fun creating lots of art with environmental messages. Some are located along Boyle River, the Canal with others dotted around the town centre. See if you can spot them all!

Kate Oram – Fish

Can you find it?

This transient sculpture is made from materials sourced from the artist’s own land. Willow is bound with string made from nettles, and coated with local clay and ivy leaves.

It will crumble and decay, allowing the natural, local materials to wash away and decompose naturally. 

Kate’s work is concerned with the erosion of the natural world


Paula Barrett – A Palette for Rathcroghan

W. J. Sloans, Main Street, Boyle

In late 2021, artist Paula Barrett (turfprojects_ie) produced an identity building colour palette to be used in way-marking along a number of walking and driving routes in the Rathcroghan area. Rathcroghan is known as the ancient capital of Connacht and the oldest and largest unexcavated royal site in Europe, and so, due to its archaeological significance, a light touch was needed when making any kind of intervention in the landscape.

All colours in the palette come from native Irish vegetation that thrives in the local climate.  Each year the colours in this autumnal palette will naturally synchronise with elements of the landscape around the time of Samhain, an important time in the Celtic calendar and at this location where the festival of Samhain is said to originate. 

The creation of walking routes in Rathcroghan is an ambitious project requiring the collaboration of a number of groups and individuals working together to protect our national heritage and to make a valuable amenity accessible to the wider community.  Among those involved are Steve Larkin Architects with Helena Fitzgerald, The Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Farming Rathcroghan and a large number of local farmers and land-owners.  The work has been funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland.

A display of this colour palette for Rathcroghan, will be exhibited in the window of Sloans Hardware for the duration of the Boyle Arts Festival 2022.



Our thanks to W.J. Sloans for sponsoring this exhibition

Greer MacKeogh In These Rooms

Harrington Studio 2, grounds of King House

Open Studio – Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July from 11am to 4pm.

Lunch Time Artist Talk each day at 1pm.

This event is free

The Royal Lunch Book No.4, shared by Kevin Regan.

Over the first weekend of the Festival Greer will be based in Harrington Studio 2 in Kings House, where she will display much of the research she has collected so far as part of In These Rooms, a project about the Royal Hotel. This will be an open Studio, visitors are invited to pop in anytime to speak with Greer and have a look around. Each day Greer will hold a lunch-time talk, giving some background to the project and sharing some of the stories she has collected so far. 

Greer is also looking for your stories, folklore, photos, film or memorabilia from any era of the Royal, to draw together a portrait of this rural, local hotel. In These Rooms sets out to capture something of what the 230-year-old Royal means to those who knew it, so please get in touch with Greer or drop in and see her in the Studio.



089 244 2225


Boyle Camera Club

Boyle Library

Boyle Camera Club was founded in October 2007  we  aim to provide  fun opportunities for members to expand their knowledge of photography, develop their skills and join like-minded enthusiasts for presentations, monthly motivations, photo shoots, field- trips and exhibitions.

Having been out of action during the worst  of the Pandemic, we are currently open to welcome new  Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced members.  We meet on the second Tuesday of every month (except August)  at 8pm in St Joseph’s Resource centre ( behind St Joseph’s RC Church), Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Come along and join in the fun.

We will be exhibiting  in the Moylurg Room in Boyle Library and their opening hrs. are

Tuesday: 1.00pm to 8.00pm

Wednesday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Thursday: 1.00pm to 8.00pm

Friday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Saturday: 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm


Beside Taylors Jewellers, Bridge Street

Title;     Landscape at Ballinagare, 2022, oil on canvas, 40 x 67 cm

Born in Dublin in 1959, Malachy Costello grew up in Co. Roscommon.  He is a graduate of the Crawford College of Art, Cork.

 Since 1983 he has had solo exhibitions in Dublin, Wexford, Sligo and Westport, and for the past number of years has held a one person show as part of the Boyle Arts Festival. He has contributed to numerous group shows over the years including the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, the Oireachtais,  Eigse, Carlow, Boyle Arts Festival  and the annual RHA Dublin  and RUA  Belfast exhibitions.

As part of the Art Trail this year he is showing Selected Paintings in a pop-up gallery beside Taylors Jewellers on Bridge Street.


Studio 11 Exhibition Centre

Cloonshanville Bog by David j.

Black Hole Studio presents an exhibition of fine art photographic prints by Matthew Gammon, Laura Jean Zito and David j.  The work of landscapes and nature will feature photograuves, analogue and digital prints. It will be on display for the duration of the Boyle Arts Festival and can be found along the river walkway between the main road bridge and the pedestrian bridge at the back of King House. For further information contact info@blackholestudio.ie or call 086-3082645.

Kara Doherty

Presbyterian Church, Shop Street

” A selection of paintings by Kara Doherty Artist ”  will be on exhibition at the old Presbyterian church, shop street Boyle from July 14th to 23rd July

Agnieszka Ryan: Lovage at the Gate Lodge

Agnieszka will paint the view from the Gate Lodge, at the Lovage cafe on 17/07

Agnieszka Ryan is a polish artist living in County Meath since 2004. She mostly paints portraits in oils and watercolours, and her work was displayed in numerous exhibitions and locations, including Solstice Art Centre in Navan, County Meath and bishops residence in Ennis, County Clare. Agnieszka took part in 2016 RTE One show ‘Painting the Nation’ in which she was a finalist. Agnieszka is also a full time mam and Visual Communication student at TU Dublin

River Tales Photography Exhibition by Brothers of Charity

These photographs were taken along the Boyle River and in Carrick-on-Shannon, during a five week photography course with the artist David Pierce.

Photographers: Keiran Hoare Watts, Thomás Keaveney, Anthony Ryan, James Lloyd, Aman Sing

Location Lá Nua, Shop St. (beside Chemco Pharmacy)