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The Táin Prints

A green hued exhibition space featuring black and white lithographic brush artwork on the walls.The Táin Gallery displays three sets of twelve black and white lithographic brush drawings by one of Ireland’s greatest artists of the 20th Century, Louis le Brocquy (1916-2012).

They were first used to illustrate a book translation from Irish (Gaelic language) to English of the Táin Bó Cuailnge legend by the distinguished Irish poet, translator, publisher and writer, Thomas Kinsella (b. 1928).

The Táin Bó Cuailnge (the ‘Cattle Raid of Cooley’) is Ireland’s greatest epic, the Irish equivalent of the Iliad or the Odyssey, which is set in the first century.

The story revolves around the warrior Queen Medh of Connaught in the west of Ireland who plots to steal the sacred bull, Donn Cuailnge from Ulster in the north - and the heroic actions of the teenage hero Cúchulainn in resisting the warriors of Connaught.

The Oculus Hamilton Room The Courtyard Makers' Gallery Irish Craft & Design Exhibition Space