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Artist: Crόna Gallagher, Artist in Residence 2014

Title of Exhibition: 'The Hare of Ben Bo'

Date: Friday 16th May - Thursday 29th May

Exhibition Images:



About the Exhibition: The environment, and that which shapes it, the weather, in particular the rain, has become an increasingly important influence in Crona Gallaghers work. The idea is to ‘feel the form of the rain, to taste it with the eye and the ear’. Having lived in places as diverse as the land of the long white cloud, where there is constant tropical rain, or La Mancha on the plateau of the parched Meseta, where there is none; Gallagher has found that the human quality of Irish rain, in particular the rain of North West Leitrim, with its playful ability to shape-shift and evolve, and its wide range of emotions, has deeply informed her recent work which tries to sympathise with the nature of these local rains, with their flaws and their failings, their strong creativity.

The past three years have been spent contemplating this theme and composing a new volume of poetry which she now illustrates with a series of etchings in order to tell a visual and literary story that engages with the rich heritage, culture and unique weather patterns of North Co. Leitrim.


Crόna Gallagher is a poet/printmaker based in Manorhamilton Co. Leitrim. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in national and international journals and anthologies such as Crannόg, Magma, Popshot, Prairie Schooner, The Moth, The Dublin Quarterly, Poetry Bus, Revival and The Chattahoochee Review amongst others.  Her fiction piece, ’Ballypuca’, a story about the ghost estates of Ireland post Celtic Tiger, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012 by its publisher Drunken Boat magazine. Other fiction was short listed for the Raymond Carver prize in 2011, and poetry was shortlisted for the iYeats International Poetry Award 2013, and for the Montreal International Poetry Competition 2013, which included her poem in their World Anthology 2014. Her poetry collection is ‘Doves of the Forest Night’ (Lapwing P).

Print and illustration has been featured in Poetry Bus, Sundog Lit, Prudence and Confetti magazines. Her artwork has been exhibited at Galleria De Loggia, Assisi; Treasna IV at The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon; ‘Against The Grain’ at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton. Gallagher was awarded a literary Bursary and a Travel and Training award by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2012.  She has completed Literary/Print residencies at Tyrone Guthrie and Ginsetrelle, Italy and has also been awarded residencies at Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry for September 2014 and at Heinrich Bӧll cottage on Achill Island for 2015. Gallagher’s training took place at Grennan Mill in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny; N.C.A.D in Dublin; Atelier Benoit Prick in Neerharen Belgium; and Atelier Johann Bickendorf, Jülich Germany.