Kirwan’s Lane Galway

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Watercolour of Kirwan's Lane, Galway, Róisín Curé

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Limited edition print (100). Watercolour area 183 x 254 mm. This painting was made in 2012 in the city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland.

Kirwan’s lane, one of the seven medieval lanes of Galway, dates back to the 16th century. It is regarded as a rich example of medieval architecture. The Kirwan family, successful landowners and merchants, were one of the twelve tribes of Galway, one of just two who were of Gaelic origin. Their wealth helped Galway reach the peak of its splendour during the 16th and 17th centuries. Kirwan’s Lane is beautifully preserved: it has a lovely florist at the top, a bespoke perfume atelier, the wonderful Goya’s, which serves the lightest cakes you will ever savour and of course Judy Greene’s, a treasure trove of beautifully designed gifts and treats.
As I painted this, the reaction was dramatic: people began to tell their friends to come and watch, and a publican brought out a table, a cup of tea and a scone for me. Service!