If art, literature or historical artefacts are your thing, Dundalk is a good place to find them!
Patrick Kavanagh Centre
Patrick Kavanagh was one of Ireland’s foremost literary figures and The Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Iniskeen, County Monaghan, approximately 8 km from Dundalk, is dedicated to the famous poet. The centre features exhibitions on local history and on Kavanagh, an audio-visual theatre and a research library. Also on view are specially commissioned paintings illustrating Kavanagh’s epic poem ‘The Great Hunger’, a miniature model depicting his classic ‘A Christmas Childhood’, Kavanagh’s death mask and other memorabilia associated with the poet. Visitors can also take a unique tour of Kavanagh Country which takes in many local sites immortalised by Kavanagh with anecdotes, historical facts, wild rumours and the odd poem along the way.
Located in a beautifully restored 18th century warehouse, the award-winning County Museum traces the history of Dundalk and County Louth from the Mesolithic era to the modern day through a variety of interactive displays. With three floors of permanent exhibitions and a changing and extensive programme of temporary displays covering drama, music recitals, storytelling festivals, lecture and film, the museum has something of interest for everyone and is well worth a visit. Kids love the 1966 Heinkel bubble car exhibit!
Bridge Street Studios
This 18th Century building is a workspace for at least ten local, individual professional artists from a variety of disciplines including ceramics, painting, textiles and jewellery. A permanent gallery, The Gateway Gallery, on the first floor, exhibits a permanent exhibition of the artists, where a wide range of high quality art and craftwork is available for purchase. A commissioning service for individuals and corporate clients who wish to purchase original artworks is also available. Check the website here.
Situated below the Táin Theatre, the Basement Gallery hosts an average of eleven exhibitions a year, and is programmed and managed by Dundalk Urban District Council. A wide variety of median and styles are displayed, featuring work by local, national and international artists. The Basement is a selling gallery, with particular emphasis place on the work of emerging local talent.
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