Xmas Pop-Up Exhibition Skerries

If ye are looking for original Art as a Xmas present this year my Art pals and I are holding an Exhibition in Skerries from the 16th – 23rd December.. Same spot as last year, the former All Rooms building at the Square, Skerries.  Drop in and say hi!...

North Fingal Book Club is back!

We’re back! The next meeting of the Book Club is in the Balrothery Inn on Wednesday 16th March, at 8pm. There are two suggested books but if you don’t want to have one or the other read before the meet-up then just come along and we will organise another...

Boathouse Painters Pop-Up Exhibition

The Christmas Exhibition is going ahead again this year as we still have access to the building. Shop local, support Artists, and your Xmas presents are guaranteed not to be stuck on a boat somewhere in the UK… 23 Artists are taking part this year, so plenty of...

“Across the Sand Sprinkled Road” by Martin Hughes

Across the Sand Sprinkled Road Across the sand sprinkled road and under the viaduct A quick glance at the lighthouse with its new shining dome A proverbial bright light in the town. Down to the beach, pause as two speedboats fly across the water and into the harbour...

Our bathroom refurbishment project.

Our bathroom refurbishment project.. Thanks to Andy O’Neill for the demolition help, Brendan Corbally for his help in making it happen, and Alex and Peter Hughes for their grunt work.. Total cost was €4686.78 (not paying myself my usual extortionate fee) Not bad...

PoP-Up Art Exhibition Skerries

A bit of sign manipulation today with the magnificent Ian Fleming  at the former All Rooms shop.. Pop-Up Exhibition runs every day 10am-6pm until Xmas Eve. Something to suit all budgets and a stunning array of Art displayed!           

“The Artist” Short Film

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they...

“The Artist” (Long version)

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they...

Fascists ran out of Balbriggan

Today, local Balbriggan Folk turned out in huge numbers to voice their displeasure at the right wing Fascist pigs from the National Party, Gemma O’Doherty and her loons, black and tan torino, and a few other racist, homophobic pigs trying to use the Town as a...

North Fingal Book Club June meet up

This Month’s Book is “A Gentleman in Moscow”, by Amor Towles. We are meeting in the Balrothery Inn on Thursday 27th june 2019, at 8pm, to have a chat and a cuppa, or a pint! Brendan McCormack of the Balrothery Inn has very kindly offered free tea or coffee to drivers...

Launch of the North Fingal Book Club

The North Fingal Book Club is inspired by a group in the Town of Miltown Malbay, in Co. Clare. They found that some Men were not comfortable meeting in houses and some were not interested in outdoor projects and so on. So they decided to meet once a month in the local...

Castlelands Update

A peaceful gathering on May 7th at 7pm to highlight the issue at Castlelands and to mark the opening day of submissions by the...

The Dublin Story Gran Slam 2018, Abbey Theatre

Brought in by special request to be a Judge at this years final, because of my genius, my wit, my stunning good looks, and because they literally could not find anyone else… Super night so far! Well done to Colm O’Regan and Julien Clancy and all of the finalists...

Fingal Community College Art Project

Delighted to be a part of this brilliant project for Fingal Community College. My job was site clearance and creating the woodwork structures and furniture, and some installation. The murals and the mosaic pieces were made by the students and the ever magnificent Dave...

New House Sign..

Finally got around to making a house sign… after 23 years… no stopping me really with this to-do list…  

Balbriggan Men’s Shed

Superb bit of work by the Lads in Balbriggan Men’s Shed. These log cabins will be part of the new Fairy Trail in Ardgillan Park.    

Balbriggan Men’s Shed Buddy Bench

This bench was commissioned by Ms Whelan’s 6th class St. Teresa’s NS who raised the money themselves and wrote to the men’s shed asking us to make the bench having got permission from the headmaster. The bench was unveiled to the school by the class...

Open Submission 2015

The open Submission competition 2015 at the Balrothery Heritage Centre, Co. Dublin Anne Harnett 1 The West AwakeAnne Harnett 2 AlfieAnne Harnett 3 Le CoqAnthony Cullen 1 Performance 3Bernadette Davis 1 The Bear in the WoodsBernadette Davis 2 The Circle of...

What I think is Art.. by Martin Hughes

A question often asked of me What I think is art Is it something random Or from deep within the heart I have seen all manner of things Stood both high and low Art that stays the same Art you can pick up and go Art should cause an emotion Whether it be love or hate Be...

The FACE of Fingal 2015 (Fingal Artists Creative Expo)

The FACE of Fingal (Fingal Artists Creative Expo) Bracken Hotel, Balbriggan. 27th -29th March 2015 A massive success and a first major Exhibition for the Town of Balbriggan! Featured Artists: Martin Hughes Noel Manning Niall Roycroft Ann Harnett Des Hamilton Katie...

Mosaic Project Gaelscoil Balbriggan

The Artists Rest Workshop recently hosted three wonderful Artists who completed the huge mosaic project for the Gaelscoil Balbriggan. Under the Leadership of Artist Dave West, they worked with the Students over a number of Months and then completed the project over...

Gaelscoil Balbriggan Garden Project

One of the projects I was involved in for the Gaelscoil balbriggan. Led by Ray Conway, this project involved several Artists and lots of Parents and Students. Overall design of the garden was by Ray Conway, while Dave West took charge of the mural design. Dave and I...

Proudfoot & Special Guests

My friend Ger Proudfoot and his band and some very special Guests will be performing an equally special Gig in Whelans on Wednesday 19th February 2014 Prepare to have you socks blown off!

Big well done to Mike Bartlett!

Big well done to Mike Bartlett who organised a bunch of musicians at short notice to play at ANSEO on Camden St. last night. Over €500 raised and a great evening had! I never cease to be blown away by the singer/songwriters in Ireland (and Australia, in the case of...