Date Published: 17-Mar-2011
Oil and Water, an exhibition of new paintings by brother and sister, James Horan and Mary Horan is currently on display in the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway. The exhibition was formally opened by Dr Robert Coughlan last Friday.
The siblings, who come from Galway, have both exhibited their work extensively and their art is in collections at home and abroad.
James studied architecture at The Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton Street and has practised as an architect since 1974.
Throughout his career he has been producing drawings and paintings of buildings and other subjects. His current work consists mainly of watercolours and pen and ink drawings. James’s art work has been exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin and the Royal Academy London. His work can be found in the collections of the OPW, Courts of Criminal Justice, Dáil Éireann, Dublin Castle, Aer Rianta, Dermot Desmond, Michael Smurfit, Van Morrison, Dublin Institute of Technology.
He is currently the Professor of Architecture at The Dublin School of Architecture, DIT and Adjunct Professor at the North Carolina State University, as well as being Director of the Architectural Practice, Design Strategies, in Dublin. James’s works can be viewed at www.jameshoran.ie.
His sister, Mary who has recently opened her own art gallery in Moycullen, is a full time artist. Her work is very much influenced by the sea and her seascapes are now well recognised. Mary, who is self taught, paints primarily in oils and has also explored and developed a very exciting range of paintings around the themes of people, buildings and the abstract.
Mary has exhibited extensively in many galleries throughout the country, including Gallery Zozimus, Francis St, Dublin, the Russell Gallery, New Quay and the Kenny Gallery, Lahinch, Co Clare. She has also exhibited at special events including the Volvo Ocean Race, the Wexford Opera Festival and the RDS Art Fair.
Mary opened her own gallery, Farmlane Gallery in Moycullen village last year. The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am – 5pm. Her work can be viewed at www.farmlanegallery.com and can be found in many private collections around the world including America, Japan, Belgium, France and Australia.
Oil and Water is open to the public until Friday April 8 at University Hospital, Galway.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.